gimp

1 [gimp]
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:
1655–65; apparently < Dutch gimp < ?

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gimp

2 [gimp]
noun Chiefly Northeastern U.S.
spirit, vigor, or ambition.

Origin:
1900–05; origin uncertain

gimp

3 [gimp] 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

gimpy, adjective


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.

gimp

4 [jimp]
adjective Scot. and North England.
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gimp or guimpe1 (ɡɪmp)
 
n
a tapelike trimming of silk, wool, or cotton, often stiffened with wire
 
[C17: probably from Dutch gimp, of unknown origin]
 
guimpe or guimpe1
 
n
 
[C17: probably from Dutch gimp, of unknown origin]

gimp2 (ɡɪmp)
 
n
1.  offensive, slang (US), (Canadian) 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
 
[C20: of unknown origin]

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gimp
1925, "a crippled leg," also "a crippled person," perhaps by association with limp.
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Example sentences
No other skills but to dance as a gimp flamenco dancer, and your polio-inflicted condition is suddenly worsening.
They can sew or tack on gimp, buttons, or other ornaments.
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