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or gimmie

[gim-ee] /ˈgɪm i/
Pronunciation Spelling. give me.
noun, Slang.
Golf. a final short putt that a player is not required to take in informal play.
the gimmes.
  1. reliance on or a demand for the generosity of others, especially as one's due:
    grown children with the gimmes who still expect money from their parents.
  2. greediness.
Origin of gimme
1925-30; informal pronunciation of give me Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for gimme


(slang) give me!
(golf) a short putt that one is excused by one's opponent from playing because it is considered too easy to miss
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Word Origin and History for gimme

by 1828, colloquial contraction of give me. Gimme cap attested by 1978.

TOMMY -- Gimme a cake.
MAMMA -- If what? -- If you please .
TOMMY -- O, let up on that Pinafore business; gimme a cake!
["Puck," July 2, 1878]

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Slang definitions & phrases for gimme



: The extent to which the ''gimme'' spirit has banished rationality


  1. An acquisitive tendency; greed: With her it's always gimme, gimme, gimme (1927+)
  2. A short putt that is conceded as sunk without actually being tried (1920s+ Golf)
  3. A gift; something freely given (1970s+)
  4. A sure win; an easy victory: Not all that long ago, this was a gimme for the National League (1980s+ Sports)
  5. A pistol: A ''gimme'' is a pistol, because they're often seen in the hands of somebody saying ''gimme your money'' (1990s+ Police)

Related Terms

give me a break

[fr give me]

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