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  1. a weak, ineffectual, timid person.
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Verb Phrases
  1. wimp out,
    1. to be or act like a wimp.
    2. to show timidity or cowardice; chicken out.
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Origin of wimp

1915–20, Americanism; origin uncertain; cf. whimper


  1. any of a group of weakly interacting elementary particles predicted by various unified field theories, as the W particle and Z-zero particle, that are characterized by relatively large masses.
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Origin of WIMP

1985–90; W(eakly) I(nteracting) M(assive) P(article)
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Related Words for wimp

coward, crybaby, pushover, milksop, caitiff, loser, schlemiel, sissy, namby-pamby, baby, chicken, puppy, pantywaist, pansy, daisy, featherweight, wuss, jellyfish, fraidy-cat, scaredy-cat

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Contemporary Examples of wimp

Historical Examples of wimp

  • Mr. Wimp has found no possible clue to such conduct in his papers.

  • And yet, had not Mrs. Wimp let out as much at the Christmas dinner?

  • Wimp did what work he could do at home in a secluded study at the top of the house.

  • This was Wimp's wife's mother's mother, a lady of sweet seventy.

  • Another of Wimp's grandmother-in-law's delusions was that Wimp had married to get her into the family.

British Dictionary definitions for wimp


  1. informal a feeble ineffective personSee also wimp out
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Derived Formswimpish or wimpy, adjective

Word Origin for wimp

C20: of unknown origin


acronym for
  1. windows, icons, menus (or mice), pointers: denoting a type of user-friendly screen display used on small computersa WIMP system
  2. physics weakly interacting massive particle
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Word Origin and History for wimp


1920 (but not attested again until 1960), perhaps a clipped form of whimper (cf whimp, 1540s), perhaps influenced by J. Wellington Wimpy, comparatively unaggressive character in "Popeye" comics.

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1986, with out (adv.), from wimp (n.). Related: Wimped; wimping.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

wimp in Science


  1. Short for weakly interacting massive particle. Any of various hypothetical particles, some predicted by certain theories such as supersymmetry, which interact with other particles by the force of gravity alone. WIMPs are considered by some scientists to be candidates for the dark matter that makes up much of the mass of the universe.
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