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wuss

[woo s]
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noun Slang.
  1. a weakling; wimp.
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Origin of wuss

1980–85; perhaps blend of wimp and puss1
Related formswuss·y, adjective, wuss·i·er, wuss·i·est.
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Related Words for wuss

coward, crybaby, pushover, wimp, whiner, deserter, quitter, yellow, sissy, namby-pamby, caitiff, baby, pantywaist, weakling, chicken, pansy, wuss, jellyfish, milksop, cuckold

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Historical Examples of wuss

  • "Wuss," he said as she entered, sitting up and treating her to a broad wink.

    Indian and Scout

    F. S. Brereton

  • "Wuss nor rheumatiz," said the boy, as he threw away the cigar stub and drew some cider in a broken tea cup.

  • "Wuss dan a strain," said Gravity, looking ruefully down at the limb and rubbing it with one hand.

    Wyoming

    Edward Sylvester Ellis


British Dictionary definitions for wuss

wuss

woose wussy (ˈwʊsɪ)

noun plural wusses or wussies
  1. slang, mainly US a feeble or effeminate person
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Word Origin for wuss

C20: perhaps from pussy 1 (cat)
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Word Origin and History for wuss

n.

1982, abbreviated from wussy.

Mike Damone: You are a wuss: part wimp, and part pussy
["Fast Times at Ridgemont High" script, 1982]
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