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[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 wusses

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

British Dictionary definitions for wusses


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 wusses



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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