an ordinary, unassuming person who dreams of being heroic, successful, etc.
Origin of Walter Mitty; from “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” a short story by James (Grover) Thurber
An ordinary, often ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs.
Origin of Walter MittyAfter the main character in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, ”by James Thurber.
(plural Walter Mittys)
- A sad or pathetic person given to flights of fancy, a daydreamer.
- An imposter, especially one claiming military service he has in fact never undergone.
From the main character in a short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty By James Thurber.