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blimp

[blimp] /blɪmp/
noun
1.
a small, nonrigid airship or dirigible, especially one used chiefly for observation.
2.
Slang. a fat person.
Verb phrases
3.
blimp out, Slang. to eat too much.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for blimped out

blimp1

/blɪmp/
noun
1.
a small nonrigid airship, esp one used for observation or as a barrage balloon
2.
(films) a soundproof cover fixed over a camera during shooting
See also blimp out
Word Origin
C20: probably from (type) B-limp

blimp2

/blɪmp/
noun
1.
(often capital) (mainly Brit) a person, esp a military officer, who is stupidly complacent and reactionary Also called Colonel Blimp
Word Origin
C20: after a character created by Sir David Low (1891–1963), New Zealand-born British political cartoonist
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Word Origin and History for blimped out

blimp

n.

1916, of obscure origin, many claimants. "One of the weird coinages of the airmen" [Weekley]. Common theory is that it is from designers' prototype nickname Type B-limp, in the sense of "without internal framework," as opposed to Type A-rigid; thus see limp (adj.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for blimped out

blimp

noun

An obese person

[1940s+; fr the WWI term for a nonrigid dirigible, based on limp]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for blimped out

blimp

nonrigid or semirigid airship dependent on internal gas pressure to maintain its form. The origin of the name blimp is uncertain, but the most common explanation is that it derives from "British Class B airship" plus "limp"-i.e., nonrigid. Blimps were used by navies during World War I in convoy and antisubmarine patrol duty, became attractions at fairs and expositions, and later carried advertising messages.

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