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wimp

Noun

1 a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy [syn: chicken, crybaby]
2 a hypothetical subatomic particle of large mass that interacts weakly with ordinary matter through gravitation; postulated as a constituent of the dark matter of the universe [syn: weakly interacting massive particle]

Acronyms

WIMP Window, Icon, Menu, Pointing device
see WIMP

English

Etymology

Contraction of "whimper", a sound a wimp might make. The term is rumored to have come from "Wimps", a group of French Roma who were kicked out of France, then moved to England and were kicked out again, then moved to the United States. 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.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. In the context of "pejorative|slang": someone who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy

Translations

someone who lacks confidence

Finnish

Etymology

According to the English abbreviation

Noun

  1. In the context of "astronomy|physics|lang=fi": A weakly interacting massive particle, WIMP.
Wimp may refer to:
  • A physical or emotional weakling (considered to be derived from J. Wellington Wimpy, a character in the popeye cartoon series).
WIMP, as an acronym, may refer to:
wimp in German: WIMP (Begriffsklärung)
wimp in French: WIMP
wimp in Italian: Wimp
wimp in Dutch: WIMP
wimp in Russian: WIMP (значения)
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