wuss

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably a blend of wimp and puss, compare later wussy.

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Noun[edit]

wuss (plural wusses or wussies)

  1. (slang) A weak or ineffectual person.
    • 1976, Univ. N. Carolina, Chapel Hill, Campus Slang typescript
      Nov. 6 Come on you wuss, hit a basket..! John's a wuss.
    • 1982, Cameron Crowe, Fast Times At Ridgemont High (Screenplay)
      Mike Damone: You are a wuss: part wimp, and part pussy
    • 1995, Rob Huizenga, You're Okay, It's Just a Bruise Page 120
      ...if you got a reputation as a wuss around the league, nobody else would ever even trade for you, or pick you up if you got cut.
    • 2003, Andrea P. Roberts, Uncovered: 20 Hints for Men from a Bisexual Woman Page 7
      And finally, don't be a wuss. Have a rich-man's attitude. Men who have money are generally confident and assertive.
    • 2003, Marc J. Soares, 100 Hikes in Yosemite National Park Page 21
      ...stop, study the map, and wait for the others. It's better to be a wuss than a stud.

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wuss (third-person singular simple present wusses, present participle wussing, simple past and past participle wussed)

  1. Only used in wuss out

Catawba[edit]

Noun[edit]

wuss

  1. Alternative spelling of wus

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English wus, wose (juice, sap), from Old English wōs (moisture, exuded liquid, juice), from Proto-Germanic *wōsą (juice, moisture), from Proto-Indo-European *wes- (fat, moisture). Cognate with Danish os (vine sap), West Frisian weaze (slime, mud), Dutch waas (marshy land, vapor, mist, film). More at ooze.

Noun[edit]

wuss (plural wusses)

  1. juice
  2. The liquor obtained from boiling or squeezing fruit or vegetable substances