Definition of wuss in English:

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Pronunciation: /wo͝os/


A weak or ineffectual person (often used as a general term of abuse).
Example sentences
  • Only wimps and wusses blamed their misfortune on others - real men made their own fortune.
  • Boys who don't conform are ridiculed, called wimps and wusses.
  • Call me a wimp and a wuss if you want to, but I could picture him in my head, and I couldn't talk to him.


[no object] (wuss out)
Fail to do or complete something as a result of fear or lack of confidence: she’ll probably wuss out because she fears my mighty bowling prowess
More example sentences
  • The Canucks better not wuss out against Boston this coming December like they did in the finals.
  • Don't wait until the pain is excruciating, but don't wuss out and tap before the arm is straight or the choke is actually choking either.
  • At least he showed some heart in the minutes he played and didn't totally wuss out.



noun (plural wussies) & adjective
Example sentences
  • He may look imposing here, but he's actually quite wussy.
  • You'll run the risk of looking and feeling weak and wussy.
  • As things stand, the voters seem to regard the concept as outmoded, a bit wussy, and definitely non-core.


1970s: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with wuss

puss, schuss

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Syllabification: wuss

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