Walter-mitty definition

wôltər mĭtē
An ordinary, often ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs.
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An ordinary, unassuming person who dreams of being heroic, successful, etc.
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A sad or pathetic person given to flights of fancy, a daydreamer.
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An imposter, especially one claiming military service he has in fact never undergone.
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Origin of walter-mitty

  • After the main character in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty ”by James Thurber

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the main character in a short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty By James Thurber.

    From Wiktionary