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[jimp] /dʒɪmp/
adjective, Scot. and North England
slender; trim; delicate.
scant; barely sufficient.
Origin of jimp
1500-10; origin uncertain
Related forms
jimply, adverb
jimpness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She sat her mount superbly; as jimp and erect as a willow sapling.

    A Daughter of the Dons William MacLeod Raine
  • I noticed that he carried one arm in a sling, but otherwise he was still the model rogue, jimp and smiling.

  • Presently two handsome girls, with jimp raiment and fearless demeanour, came in and took possession of an adjacent table.

    Tales From Bohemia Robert Neilson Stephens
  • She ran hastily into the house, and in a few moments reappeared in a bewitching riding-skirt gathered round her jimp waist.

  • How are they to know that the "jimp middle" of the ballads was in its jimpness in proportion to the shoulders?

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