- noun a feeble, ineffectual or contemptible person; a weed, swot or misfit among schoolchildren. The word was typically applied to schoolboys by their contemporaries in the 1980s. The name is supposed to epitomise ‘girlishness’ and, like Tinkerbelle, probably owes its resonance to a character in Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie.
- In J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan (1904), the oldest of the Darlingchildren, who exercises motherly control over Peter and her younger brothersduring their visit to Never Never Land. The name 'Wendy' was Barrie's invention.The 'Wendy house', a toy house that is large enough for a child to enter, is named after the little house that Peter and the Lost Boys build around Wendy in the play.