- to be or act like a wimp.
- to show timidity or cowardice; chicken out.
- wiltshire horn,
- wimp out,
- wimshurst machine
Origin of wimp
Origin of WIMP
Examples from the Web for wimp
All of us here at NewsBeast knew the word “wimp” would carry a charge and get people to pay attention.Michael Tomasky on Wimpy Mitt Romney’s Missing Backbone|Michael Tomasky|July 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Just by definition, you'd think, any American who plunges into what Teddy Roosevelt called "the arena," is no wimp.
On the cover of Newsweek, my colleague Michael Tomasky calls Mitt Romney a wimp.
The chapter titles say a lot: “Even More of a Wimp than Jimmy Carter,” “Not a Great Listener.”
“I was in the Merchant Navy at 16, which is inexplicable to me to this day—I am a wimp, really,” he said.‘Arthur Christmas’: The Making of the New Aardman Film|Lorenza Muñoz|November 23, 2011|DAILY BEAST
This was Wimp's wife's mother's mother, a lady of sweet seventy.
Only a minority of mankind can obtain a grandmother-in-law by marrying, but Wimp was not unduly conceited.
Grodman saw it, and watched her, and fooled Wimp to the top of his bent.The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes|Israel Zangwill
Wimp had hardly expected to find anybody at the house on Boxing Day, but he did not care to waste a day.
Wimp's eye glittered with excitement and contempt for Grodman's blindness.
Word Origin 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.
1986, with out (adv.), from wimp (n.). Related: Wimped; wimping.