- The definition of a wimp is a coward or a weak person.
A person who never takes risks or stands up for himself is an example of a wimp.
- To wimp is to fail to do something out of fear or because you are cowardly.
When you are going to run in a race and you decide not to because of fear, this is an example of a time when you wimp out on the race.
Origin of wimp; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ; perhaps suggested by whimper
Origin of WIMPw(eakly) i(nteracting) m(assive) p(article)
intransitive verbwimped, wimp·ing, wimps
Origin of wimpPerhaps from whimper.
Origin of WIMPw(eakly) i(nteracting) m(assive) p(article).
(third-person singular simple present wimps, present participle wimping, simple past and past participle wimped)
- (intransitive) To behave submissively, inde.
- To render wimpy.
Contraction of "whimper", a sound a wimp might make. The term is rumored to have come from "Wimps", a group of French Roma who were kicked out of France, then moved to England and were kicked out again, then moved to the United States. The term was understood in the United States by the 1930s, as it was incorporated into the names of two famous media characters known for living up to that name: The devious but cowardly Popeye supporting character called "J. Wellington Wimpy", and the soft-spoken character "Wallace Wimple" from the radio show Fibber McGee and Molly.