Walter Mitty
noun Etymology: Walter Mitty, daydreaming hero of a story by James Thurber Date: 1949 a commonplace unadventurous person who seeks escape from reality through daydreaming • Walter Mittyish adjective

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  • Walter Mitty — Walter Mittyish. pl. Walter Mittys. an ordinary, timid person who is given to adventurous and self aggrandizing daydreams or secret plans as a way of glamorizing a humdrum life. [from the title character of James Thurber s short story The Secret… …   Universalium

  • Walter Mitty — →↑Mitty, WalteR …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • walter mitty — A Walter Mitty character is an unexceptional person who is prone to daydreaming of personal triumphs …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Walter Mitty — ☆ Walter Mitty [mit′ē ] n. [< “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” a short story by THURBER James (Grover)] an ordinary, unassuming person who dreams of being heroic, successful, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Walter Mitty — Infobox character colour = #DEDEE2 name = Walter Mitty caption = Danny Kaye as Walter Mitty first = The Secret Life of Walter Mitty The New Yorker , March 18, 1939 last = cause = nickname = The Old Man (in one fantasy) alias = species = gender =… …   Wikipedia

  • Walter Mitty — UK [ˌwɔːltə(r) ˈmɪtɪ] / US [ˌwɔltər ˈmɪtɪ] noun [countable] Word forms Walter Mitty : singular Walter Mitty plural Walter Mitties someone who imagines that unusual or exciting things happen to them, but whose life is in fact very ordinary •… …   English dictionary

  • Walter Mitty — Wal′ter Mit′ty [[t]ˈwɔl tər[/t]] n. pl. Walter Mit•tys cvb an ordinary, timid person who is given to adventurous and self aggrandizing daydreams • Etymology: from the title character of James Thurber s short story “The Secret Life of Walter… …   From formal English to slang

  • walter mitty — n. Walter Mitty, fictional character in a story by James Thurber who daydreams about his adventures and triumphs; ordinary person who fantasizes that he is an extraordinary or heroic person …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Walter Mitty — noun a person who fantasizes about a life much more exciting and glamorous than their own. Origin the fantasizing hero of James Thurber s short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1939) …   English new terms dictionary

  • Walter Mitty — noun a sad or pathetic person given to flights of fancy, a daydreamer …   Wiktionary

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