[woo s]

noun Slang.

a weakling; wimp.

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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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.


    Edward Sylvester Ellis

British Dictionary definitions for wuss


woose wussy (ˈwʊsɪ)

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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Word Origin and History for wuss

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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