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/ wʊs /
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noun Slang.

a weakling; wimp.



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Origin of wuss

1980–85; perhaps blend of wimp and puss1


wussy, adjective, wuss·i·er, wuss·i·est.
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Example sentences from the Web for wuss

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

    Wyoming|Edward Sylvester Ellis
  • "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.

  • What he wanted to say, in the same arch manner was "Puss Wuss!"

    Tutors' Lane|Wilmarth Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for wuss


woose wussy (ˈwʊsɪ)

/ (wʊs) /

noun plural wusses or wussies

slang, mainly US a feeble or effeminate person

Word Origin for wuss

C20: perhaps from pussy 1 (cat)
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