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noun

[often as modifier] Computing
  • A set of software features and hardware devices (such as windows, icons, mice, and pull-down menus) designed to simplify or demystify computing operations for the user: WIMP user interfaces

Origin

1980s: acronym.

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There are 3 definitions of WIMP in English:

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noun

Physics
  • A hypothetical subatomic particle of large mass which interacts only weakly with ordinary matter, postulated as a constituent of the dark matter of the universe.

Origin

1980s: acronym from weakly interacting massive particle.

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informal

noun

verb

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  • Fail to do or complete something as a result of fear or lack of confidence: anyone who wimped out because of the weather missed the experience of a lifetime
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    • In fact the radicals simply wimped out for fear of having their pants sued off.
    • Sometimes I worry that my fear got the better of me, that I wimped out of this process of learning to competently go it alone, to stay warm without external assistance.
    • They are going around letting down the tyres of four-wheel-drive vehicles, a campaign that has been stepped up since the local authorities wimped out of banning the monsters from the city.

Derivatives

wimpiness

noun

wimpish

adjective
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  • And if it's wimpish to say that until I know for sure, until we know at least with some confidence that we must act now, then I say we need to be very careful about going forward, until we understand how complex this whole issue is.
  • I decided he was kind and caring, qualities I used to think were probably a little bit wimpish.
  • The relative heat of the car turned me all wimpish and I decided to head home with the shots I'd taken and spend the afternoon working on my panoramas rather than setting out again, so came back the long way and then made some more tea.

wimpishly

adverb
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  • The juvenile novelist's publisher, Little Brown, has wimpishly recalled his latest novel, A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away.
  • One didn't want, on the other hand, to sound wimpishly hopeless about it.
  • Perhaps wimpishly, I suggest to Sally that she fastens her raincoat collar over a heavy silver chain.

wimpishness

noun
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  • To me, the male crèche redefines wimpishness and shows just how complicated and disastrous modern relationships can be when the old traditional roles have become eroded beyond recognition.
  • Ms Mukherjee ticks off wimpishness, and urges her fans to be utterly honest and loudly clear in communicating what the ‘heart’ says.
  • The Wicked one takes a swipe at Canadian wimpishness.

wimpy

adjective (wimpier, wimpiest)
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  • He can't carry a tune, is pitifully unable to sustain notes, and his basic emotional range runs from wimpy half-croon to constipated growl.
  • Does saying all this make me feel like an ungrateful wimpy whiner?
  • For some reason, our society looks upon diplomacy as a cop-out wimpy path to peace and reconciliation.

Origin

1920s: origin uncertain, perhaps from whimper.

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