One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A weak and cowardly or unadventurous person.
coward, namby-pamby, milksop, milquetoast, mouse, weaklingView synonyms
- ‘And the cowards and wimps don't do a single thing about it.’
- ‘These days tram travel isn't half as cool - the trams are for wimps, with heating, doors, and no chance of enjoying a ride on the running board and getting yourself killed by falling off it like in days of yore.’
- ‘Consequently, compared with wild mice, lab mice are wimps - slower, weaker, and less active - even if both have lived their entire lives in cages the size of a shoe box.’
- ‘‘The men here are wimps,’ the hotel receptionist said scornfully.’
- ‘Only wimps and wusses blamed their misfortune on others - real men made their own fortune.’
- ‘These if-onlys seemed clever arguments at the time, because the administration kept thundering that diplomacy was for wimps and Congress was being meddlesome in trying to constrain the commander in chief.’
- ‘In some ways I am just a scared little guy, a wimp.’
- ‘Sometimes, especially at National Review, the animus against braininess has overlapped with a crusade for traditional manliness - the idea being that book learning is for wimps.’
- ‘Again, this is another case of the wimps leading the wimps.’
- ‘And they have concluded that one way to show that we are not in fact a party of wimps and sissies is to call out the Republicans.’
- ‘I can't stand namby-pamby wimps; it's my working-class background.’
- ‘This is not a game for wimps, quitters, or the easily-bruised: there will be no quick fixes.’
- ‘When I was finally able to leave, after thanking the teacher like a cowardly wimp, I wondered whether the just-concluded event was a meeting of parents or a lecture on them.’
- ‘Liberals were seen as weak-kneed wimps, unwilling to use force internationally and preoccupied with social welfare internally; local patriotisms prevailed everywhere.’
- ‘To the local reporters, guys from Texas, the visiting journalistic prima donnas are just a bunch of Washington media wimps, whining about the heat.’
- ‘It's shocking that so few have raised doubts and that the ones who have are called wimps, traitors and worse, with their lives threatened by cowards hiding behind anonymous letters and phone calls.’
- ‘She had to harden herself so that she could get on with life instead of acting like a wimp, a selfish wimp at that.’
- ‘Boys who don't conform are ridiculed, called wimps and wusses.’
- ‘In Idaho, nine-to-four lift hours are for wimps.’
- ‘The Christian life is not for wimps, loafers or weaklings.’
verb[NO OBJECT]wimp out
Fail to do or complete something as a result of fear or lack of confidence.‘anyone who wimped out because of the weather missed the experience of a lifetime’
back out, pull out, cancel, withdraw, beg off, excuse oneselfView synonyms
- ‘My brother said I was wimping out if I didn't include it.’
- ‘I wanted to take it into a whole rock show direction, but I wimped out because the whole sound is based around drum machines.’
- ‘He steeled himself to do it before he wimped out.’
- ‘So just why are the media wimping out exactly when tough, critical reporting is not only crucial for the functioning of democracy but is also being demanded by their audience?’
- ‘But other than a few small contract maintenance deals, most of them wimped out when it came to the crunch.’
- ‘Sometimes I worry that my fear got the better of me, that I wimped out of this process of learning to competently go it alone, to stay warm without external assistance.’
- ‘Today I very nearly wimped out on the Lunchquest deal, thinking that I'd pop around the corner and get a sandwich instead.’
- ‘Although they seem to have wimped out of trying any of these things.’
- ‘I could not justify wimping out of the situation.’
- ‘Yes, I'm wimping out on him but I simply can't pick a side.’
- ‘They are going around letting down the tyres of four-wheel-drive vehicles, a campaign that has been stepped up since the local authorities wimped out of banning the monsters from the city.’
- ‘The wanna-be tough guys instantly wimped, apologized to Kirstie, and split.’
- ‘You go on about love; I made it very clear to you not so long ago how I feel but you wimped out on me, just like I expected.’
- ‘When everybody else re-emerges only a couple of minutes later, matted in sweat and grime, we are deeply glad to have wimped out.’
- ‘In fact the radicals simply wimped out for fear of having their pants sued off.’
- ‘With the DVD, the electronics companies completely wimped out.’
- ‘One of the guys I was out with was in at 6am as well, otherwise I would have wimped out.’
- ‘I'm afraid I wimped out, along with the rest of the editorial team, and was in bed by three.’
- ‘The first time, there was no one to stop me, but I wimped out.’
- ‘I decided that they were either too keen or insane, and wimped out.’
1920s: origin uncertain, perhaps from whimper.
often as modifier A graphical user interface designed to simplify or demystify computing operations.
A hypothetical subatomic particle of large mass which interacts only weakly with ordinary matter, postulated as a constituent of the dark matter of the universe.
1980s: acronym from weakly interacting massive particle.
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