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gimp1

[gimp] /gɪmp/
noun
1.
a flat trimming of silk, wool, or other cord, sometimes stiffened with wire, for garments, curtains, etc.
2.
a coarse thread, usually glazed, employed in lacemaking to outline designs.
Origin of gimp1
1655-1665
1655-65; apparently < Dutch gimp < ?

gimp2

[gimp] /gɪmp/
noun, Chiefly Northeastern U.S.
1.
spirit, vigor, or ambition.
Origin
1900-05; origin uncertain

gimp3

[gimp] /gɪmp/ Slang.
noun
1.
a limp.
2.
Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to a person who limps or is lame.
verb (used without object)
3.
to limp; walk in a halting manner:
a sprain that made her gimp for weeks.
Origin
1920-25, Americanism; origin uncertain
Related forms
gimpy, adjective
Usage note
When describing someone who is lame, gimp is used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting. But within the disability community, it is sometimes a term of self-reference.

gimp4

[jimp] /dʒɪmp/
adjective, Scot. and North England
1.
jimp.

jimp

or gimp

[jimp] /dʒɪmp/
adjective, Scot. and North England
1.
slender; trim; delicate.
2.
scant; barely sufficient.
Origin
1500-10; origin uncertain
Related forms
jimply, adverb
jimpness, noun
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Examples from the Web for gimp
Historical Examples
  • gimp Hines, next to Frank, seemed to have discarded his crutches, somewhere.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • For a moment I toyed with the idea of being honest with the gimp.

    The Big Fix George Oliver Smith
  • To tell the truth, sir, you've knocked the gimp all out of me!

    The Light Keepers James Otis
  • But then it did indeed occur to me that maybe I could make use of the gimp.

    The Big Fix George Oliver Smith
  • "If we had a beef roast, we'd put it in a sealed container of clear plastic," gimp laughed.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • It'll want a piece of binding, or gimp, tacked around the edges.

    The Squirrel Inn Frank R. Stockton
  • "I'll check your ionic setting for you, Two-and-Two," gimp answered him.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • gimp and Frank got permission to pass the lock after about fifteen minutes.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • “Look,” he said, holding up the fragment of gimp attached by its loop to the line.

    Rob Harlow's Adventures George Manville Fenn
  • "I'll finance a load of trade stuff for them," gimp chuckled.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
British Dictionary definitions for gimp

gimp1

/ɡɪmp/
noun
1.
a tapelike trimming of silk, wool, or cotton, often stiffened with wire
Word Origin
C17: probably from Dutch gimp, of unknown origin

gimp2

/ɡɪmp/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian, offensive, slang) a physically disabled person, esp one who is lame
2.
(slang) a sexual fetishist who likes to be dominated and who dresses in a leather or rubber body suit with mask, zips, and chains
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gimp
n.

1925, "a crippled leg," also "a crippled person," perhaps by association with limp, or a corruption of gammy (see game (adj.)).

also gymp, ornamental material for trimming dresses, furniture, etc., 1660s, from French guimpe, Old French guimple "wimple, headdress, veil," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German wimpal).

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Slang definitions & phrases for gimp

gimp

noun

  1. A limp (1920s+)
  2. A lame person; crip: He'd just kick a gimp in the good leg and leave him lay (1920s+)
  3. Vitality; ambition: All he needs is a wife with some sense and some gimp (1901+)

verb

: The old guy was gimping across the street

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