Definition of wuss in English:


Syllabification: wuss
Pronunciation: /wo͝os


A weak or ineffectual person (often used as a general term of abuse).
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  • 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) Back to top  
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
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  • But you go anyway, mostly because you're strapped to a skydiving instructor who's pushing you from behind and won't let you wuss out or stall.
  • Are you going to the game or are you going to wuss out and go to sleep?
  • Should I wuss out and take the safe route by saying that I would be neutral?


late 20th century: of unknown origin.



noun (plural wussies) & adjective
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  • 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.

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