Definition of wuss in English:



  • A weak or ineffectual person (often used as a general term of abuse)

    ‘we are not just a group of shallow wusses’
    ‘what a snivelling wuss!’
    • ‘I guess I have to learn to stop being such a wuss and not let things like this get to me, right?’
    • ‘I can't give up just yet, then I'd consider myself a wuss!’
    • ‘‘I'll see you as a wuss if you can't admit to what you're feeling,’ she told him.’
    • ‘The image in Great Britain is that you are a bit of a wuss if you cannot keep up with it all.’
    • ‘I am going to be a wuss and apply for parking in the building, even if it is $70.00 more a month than a lot 2 blocks away.’
    • ‘Call me a wimp and a wuss if you want to, but I could picture him in my head, and I couldn't talk to him.’
    • ‘Only wimps and wusses blamed their misfortune on others - real men made their own fortune.’
    • ‘Branded a wuss for fainting under the effects of a virus at Aberdeen on the opening day last season, Burke is now being lauded as a whizz for feinting past opponents using pace, power and poise.’
    • ‘In other news: after five years in the South I am officially a wuss about the cold.’
    • ‘We sweltered along to the end of the Palace Pier, where Emma and her dad rode the rollercoaster (whilst Neil and I, wusses that we are, looked on).’
    • ‘Boys who don't conform are ridiculed, called wimps and wusses.’
    • ‘Call me a wuss, but I don't think that's a nice message.’
    • ‘There was also a trolley that could take you up if you didn't think you could manage the climb, but I didn't want to be a total wuss about it either.’
    • ‘They talked about it for quite a long time, how even though people might think you're a wuss, you should always buckle up.’
    • ‘Before that I had thought that a piercing at the top of my ear might look nice, but a friend who had had it done talked me out of it on the grounds that it hurt and I was a wuss.’
    • ‘‘Come on, you make me sound like a wuss,’ I said, trying not to sound like a sissy idiot and miserably failing.’
    • ‘Call me a wuss, but the older I get, the more I value the comfort of a roof, bed and sanitation.’
    • ‘But I guess I hate to come across to people as a wuss.’
    • ‘I felt bad refusing to do things - I felt like such a wuss.’
    • ‘She was partly right, of course; I did think he was kind of a wuss.’


[no object]wuss out
  • Fail to do or complete something as a result of fear or lack of confidence.

    ‘she'll probably wuss out because she fears my mighty bowling prowess’
    • ‘Officers refer to people who wuss out with contempt.’
    • ‘They were in dangerous territory here, but it almost felt a like a game of chicken -- neither one wanted to wuss out first.’
    • ‘Should I wuss out and take the safe route by saying that I would be neutral?’
    • ‘The Canucks better not wuss out against Boston this coming December like they did in the finals.’
    • ‘He didn't care that anybody thought he wussed out after spraining his knee, and his bosses were not motivated to cover for him.’
    • ‘Are you going to the game or are you going to wuss out and go to sleep?’
    • ‘Don't wait until the pain is excruciating, but don't wuss out and tap before the arm is straight or the choke is actually choking either.’
    • ‘At least he showed some heart in the minutes he played and didn't totally wuss out.’
    • ‘But you go anyway, mostly because you're strapped to a skydiving instructor who's pushing you from behind and won't let you wuss out or stall.’
    • ‘You didn't wuss out, Luke; you made a smart decision.’
    avoid, evade, dodge, escape from, run away from, baulk at, flinch from
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1970s: of unknown origin.