See also: WIMP



Possible contraction of "whimper". The term was understood in the United States by the 1930s, as it was incorporated into the names of two famous media characters known for living up to that name: The devious but cowardly Popeye supporting character called "J. Wellington Wimpy", and the soft-spoken character "Wallace Wimple" from the radio show Fibber McGee and Molly.


  • IPA(key): /wɪmp/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪmp


wimp (plural wimps)

  1. (derogatory, slang) Someone who lacks confidence or courage, is weak, ineffectual, irresolute and wishy-washy.
    Synonyms: sissy, softy, weenie, wuss; see also Thesaurus:milksop, Thesaurus:coward
  2. Alternative spelling of WIMP

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wimp (third-person singular simple present wimps, present participle wimping, simple past and past participle wimped)

  1. (intransitive) To behave submissively.
    • 1994, Paul Lyons, Class of '66: Living in Suburban Middle America, page 156:
      "They were wimping along and I was accomplished," she asserts with some pride and a touch of arrogance.
  2. (transitive) To render wimpy.
    • 2003, Andrea Schulte-Peevers, California, page 69:
      If you're particularly fond of Foster's, Heineken or Moosehead at home, you will be disappointed to find that it's been wimped down for the American market.



According to the English abbreviation WIMP.


  • IPA(key): /ˈwimp/, [ˈwimp]
  • Rhymes: -imp
  • Syllabification(key): wimp



  1. (astronomy, physics) weakly interacting massive particle, WIMP


Inflection of wimp (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative wimp wimpit
genitive wimpin wimpien
partitive wimpiä wimpejä
illative wimpiin wimpeihin
singular plural
nominative wimp wimpit
accusative nom. wimp wimpit
gen. wimpin
genitive wimpin wimpien
partitive wimpiä wimpejä
inessive wimpissä wimpeissä
elative wimpistä wimpeistä
illative wimpiin wimpeihin
adessive wimpillä wimpeillä
ablative wimpiltä wimpeiltä
allative wimpille wimpeille
essive wimpinä wimpeinä
translative wimpiksi wimpeiksi
instructive wimpein
abessive wimpittä wimpeittä
comitative wimpeineen
Possessive forms of wimp (type risti)
possessor singular plural
1st person wimpini wimpimme
2nd person wimpisi wimpinne
3rd person wimpinsä