wimp

wimp

[wimp] Informal.
noun
1.
a weak, ineffectual, timid person.
Verb phrases
2.
wimp out,
a.
to be or act like a wimp.
b.
to show timidity or cowardice; chicken out.

Origin:
1915–20, Americanism; origin uncertain; cf. whimper

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WIMP

[wimp]
noun
any of a group of weakly interacting elementary particles predicted by various unified field theories, as the W particle and Z-zero particle, that are characterized by relatively large masses.

Origin:
1985–90; W(eakly) I(nteracting) M(assive) P(article)

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wimp (wɪmp)
 
n
informal See also wimp out a feeble ineffective person
 
[C20: of unknown origin]
 
'wimpish
 
adj
 
'wimpy
 
adj

WIMP (wɪmp)
 
acronym for
1.  windows, icons, menus (or mice), pointers: denoting a type of user-friendly screen display used on small computers: a WIMP system
2.  physics weakly interacting massive particle

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wimp
1920 (but not attested again until 1960), perhaps a clipped form of whimper (cf whimp, 1549), perhaps influenced by J. Wellington Wimpy, comparatively unaggressive character in "Popeye" comics. Wimpy (adj.) is from 1967.
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WIMP   (wĭmp)  Pronunciation Key 
Short for weakly interacting massive particle. Any of various hypothetical particles, some predicted by certain theories such as supersymmetry, which interact with other particles by the force of gravity alone. WIMPs are considered by some scientists to be candidates for the dark matter that makes up much of the mass of the universe.
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wimp definition


  1. mod.
    windows, icons, mouse pointer. (Usually WIMP. Acronym. Refers to a computer system, such as Macintosh or Microsoft Windows, with an elaborate user interface including resizable windows, clever icons, and a movable mouse. The term implies that such systems are for computer weaklings.) : I am happier with a computer system that doesn't have all that WIMP stuff.
  2. n.
    a weak and retiring person; a square. : What a wimp. People walk all over her.
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WIMP definition

operating system
Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointers (or maybe Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pull-down menus).
The style of graphical user interface invented at Xerox PARC, popularised by the Apple Macintosh and now available in other varieties such as the X Window System, OSF/Motif, NeWS, RISC OS and Microsoft Windows.
See menuitis, user-obsequious, window system.
(2007-09-12)
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
WIMP
  1. window, icon, menu, pointing [device]

  2. window, icon, mouse, pull-down [menu]

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