Use the word "wimp" to describe a person who is weak in mind, body, or spirit.
- Walter called Hugo a wimp because he backed down from a fight.
- Donna thinks her friend Fiona is a wimp because she’s afraid to talk to boys.
- Antonio didn’t want to be called a wimp so he ate the hot chili pepper to show how brave he was.
It’s not nice to say that another person is a wimp, but it’s fairly common–especially among young people–to use this word:
- He’s a wimp.
- Don’t be a wimp.
- Don’t wimp out on us.
- You wimp.
The word "wimpy" is an adjective. Use wimpy to describe a person or a thing:
- This food is kind of wimpy. It’s not hot enough.
- The movie had a wimpy ending.
- Ahmed said he won’t drive a minivan because it’ll make him look wimpy.
- The soccer team looked wimpy on the field compared to the other team.
Tiberius wasn’t afraid of being called a wimp when he ran away from an erupting volcano.
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Date of publication: October 31, 2016