wuss

[ woo s ]
/ wʊs /

noun Slang.

a weakling; wimp.

Nearby words

  1. wurtzite,
  2. wurtzitic,
  3. wus,
  4. wushu,
  5. wusih,
  6. wussy,
  7. wusuli jiang,
  8. wutai shan,
  9. wuther,
  10. wuthering

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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British Dictionary definitions for wusses

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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Word Origin and History for wusses

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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