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[woo s] /wʊs/
noun, Slang.
a weakling; wimp.
Origin of wuss
1980-85; perhaps blend of wimp and puss1
Related forms
wussy, adjective, wussier, wussiest. Unabridged
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  • "wuss dan a strain," said Gravity, looking ruefully down at the limb and rubbing it with one hand.

    Wyoming Edward Sylvester Ellis
  • "wuss," he said as she entered, sitting up and treating her to a broad wink.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton
  • "wuss nor rheumatiz," said the boy, as he threw away the cigar stub and drew some cider in a broken tea cup.

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa George W. Peck
British Dictionary definitions for wuss


noun (pl) wusses, wussies
(slang, mainly US) a feeble or effeminate person
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from pussy1 (cat)
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Word Origin and History for wuss

1982, abbreviated from wussy.

Mike Damone: You are a wuss: part wimp, and part pussy
["Fast Times at Ridgemont High" script, 1982]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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