Meaning of wuss in English:


Pronunciation /wʊs/


  • A weak or ineffectual person (often used as a general term of abuse)

    • ‘we are not just a group of shallow wusses’
    • ‘what a snivelling wuss!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We sweltered along to the end of the Palace Pier, where Emma and her dad rode the rollercoaster (whilst Neil and I, wusses that we are, looked on).’
    • ‘Call me a wuss, but I don't think that's a nice message.’
    • ‘The image in Great Britain is that you are a bit of a wuss if you cannot keep up with it all.’
    • ‘But I guess I hate to come across to people as a wuss.’
    • ‘I can't give up just yet, then I'd consider myself a wuss!’
    • ‘Branded a wuss for fainting under the effects of a virus at Aberdeen on the opening day last season, Burke is now being lauded as a whizz for feinting past opponents using pace, power and poise.’
    • ‘She was partly right, of course; I did think he was kind of a wuss.’
    • ‘I am going to be a wuss and apply for parking in the building, even if it is $70.00 more a month than a lot 2 blocks away.’
    • ‘There was also a trolley that could take you up if you didn't think you could manage the climb, but I didn't want to be a total wuss about it either.’
    • ‘I felt bad refusing to do things - I felt like such a wuss.’
    • ‘They talked about it for quite a long time, how even though people might think you're a wuss, you should always buckle up.’
    • ‘Before that I had thought that a piercing at the top of my ear might look nice, but a friend who had had it done talked me out of it on the grounds that it hurt and I was a wuss.’
    • ‘In other news: after five years in the South I am officially a wuss about the cold.’
    • ‘I guess I have to learn to stop being such a wuss and not let things like this get to me, right?’
    • ‘Call me a wuss, but the older I get, the more I value the comfort of a roof, bed and sanitation.’
    • ‘‘Come on, you make me sound like a wuss,’ I said, trying not to sound like a sissy idiot and miserably failing.’
    • ‘‘I'll see you as a wuss if you can't admit to what you're feeling,’ she told him.’


[no object] informal wuss out
  • 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’
    • ‘The Canucks better not wuss out against Boston this coming December like they did in the finals.’
    • ‘Don't wait until the pain is excruciating, but don't wuss out and tap before the arm is straight or the choke is actually choking either.’
    • ‘At least he showed some heart in the minutes he played and didn't totally wuss out.’
    • ‘You didn't wuss out, Luke; you made a smart decision.’
    • ‘He didn't care that anybody thought he wussed out after spraining his knee, and his bosses were not motivated to cover for him.’
    • ‘Officers refer to people who wuss out with contempt.’
    • ‘They were in dangerous territory here, but it almost felt a like a game of chicken -- neither one wanted to wuss out first.’
    • ‘Should I wuss out and take the safe route by saying that I would be neutral?’
    • ‘Are you going to the game or are you going to wuss out and go to sleep?’
    • ‘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.’
    avoid, evade, dodge, escape from, run away from, balk at, flinch from


1970s of unknown origin.