Wimp meaning

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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.

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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.

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(pejorative, slang) Someone who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy.
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A timid or unadventurous person.
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To be timid or cowardly. Usually used with out .

Wimped out and refused to jump off the high diving board.

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Any of various hypothetical, massive subatomic particles that interact with matter only through gravity and the weak force and that are thought to contribute to a galaxy's missing mass.
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A weak, ineffectual, or insipid person.
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A hypothetical, electrically neutral, massive subatomic particle that interacts with other matter by means of the weak interaction.
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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.
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(1) (Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointing device) A synonym for a graphical user interface (GUI). However, the term is sometimes used as a derogatory reference to a GUI by programmers who like to type commands on the command line. See command line and GUI.
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Alternative spelling of WIMP.
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(intransitive) To behave submissively, inde.
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To render wimpy.
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(astronomy, physics) Acronym of weakly interacting massive particle.
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(computing) Acronym of window, icon, menu, pointing device. (a GUI paradigm)
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wimp out
  • To back down or succumb because of fear, timidity, or weakness.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of wimp

  • w(eakly) i(nteracting) m(assive) p(article)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Perhaps from whimper
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary