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- Walter Mitty
- a fictional character given to grand and elaborate fantasies; daydreamer
- (as modifier)a Walter Mitty character; a Mitty act
C20: from a short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1939), by James Thurber
Word Origin and History for mittyesque
"adventurous daydreamer," 1950, from title character in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," short story by U.S. author James Thurber (1894-1961) first published in the "New Yorker" March 18, 1939.
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