[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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British Dictionary definitions for wussy


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 wussy

1960s, probably an alteration of pussy (n.2). DAS suggests shortened from hypothetical pussy-wussy, reduplicated form of pussy (n.1).



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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