Why was clemency trending last week?
1920 (but not attested again until 1960), perhaps a clipped form of whimper (cf whimp, 1540s), perhaps influenced by J. Wellington Wimpy, comparatively unaggressive character in "Popeye" comics.
1986, with out (adv.), from wimp (n.). Related: Wimped; wimping.
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.
May the actual claimant now be identified: After listening to Mr. Brown and Mr. Christopher, it was tempting to ask: Would the real Secretary of Commerce please stand up?
[1950s+; fr a television panel show, To Tell the Truth, where three different people claimed to have a certain identity, and the real one was finally asked to stand up]
An ineffectual person; a soft, silly person; a weakling; drip, nebbish: Unmacho. Short hair, glasses, awkward, uncertain. WIMP/ his unfortunate and unfounded charge that Thompson portrayed him as a ''wimp''/ Apparently whimps complained it was too hot
[1960s+ College students; origin unknown; perhaps fr J Wellington Wimpy, a relatively unaggressive character in the comic strip ''Popeye''; perhaps fr the early 1900s British university wimp ''young woman,'' perhaps fr whimper; occurs in a 1920 George Ade story, which may be the source of the term, used more in intervening years in the adjective form wimpish]