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wimp

noun

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]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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