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Probably a blend of wimp +‎ puss, compare later wussy. Possibly coined by its use in the extremely popular 1982 movie, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."



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




  1. Alternative spelling of wus


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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.


wuss ‎(plural wusses)

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