follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: A Guide to the Comma

pimping

[pim-ping] /ˈpɪm pɪŋ/
adjective
1.
petty; insignificant; trivial.
2.
British Dialect. puny; weak; sickly.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; origin uncertain

pimp

[pimp] /pɪmp/
noun
1.
a person, especially a man, who solicits customers for a prostitute or a brothel, usually in return for a share of the earnings; pander; procurer.
2.
a despicable person.
3.
Australia and New Zealand. an informer; stool pigeon.
verb (used without object)
4.
to act as a pimp.
verb (used with object)
5.
to act as a pimp for.
6.
to exploit.
Origin
1630-40; origin uncertain
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for pimping
  • The media has been pimping for the politicians for years.
  • His conscience told him he was better off pimping for schoolgirls.
  • In exchange for his no contest plea, prosecutors dropped eight other pimping and pandering charges.
  • One drawback to using him is that management watches him constantly for signs of theft, graft, or pimping.
British Dictionary definitions for pimping

pimp1

/pɪmp/
noun
1.
a man who solicits for a prostitute or brothel and lives off the earnings
2.
a man who procures sexual gratification for another; procurer; pander
verb
3.
(intransitive) to act as a pimp
4.
(transitive) (slang) to adapt or embellish in an ostentatious manner
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin

pimp2

/pɪmp/
noun
1.
a spy or informer
verb
2.
(intransitive) often foll by on. to inform (on)
Word Origin
of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pimping
pimp
1607, perhaps from M.Fr. pimper "to dress elegantly" (16c.), prp. of pimpant "alluring in dress, seductive." Weekley suggests M.Fr. pimpreneau, defined in Cotgrave (1611) as "a knave, rascall, varlet, scoundrell." The word also means "informer, stool pigeon" in Australia and New Zealand and in S.Africa, where by early 1960s it existed in Swahili form impimpsi. The verb is attested from 1636. Pimpmobile first recorded 1973.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for pimping

pimping

noun

Rapid questioning of a trainee by a superior

[1980s+ Medical; fr initials of put in my place]


pimp

noun
  1. A very cool person: Pimp, a cool guy who's popular with girls (1990s+ Teenagers)
  2. An informer

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Related Abbreviations for pimping

PIMP

peeing in my pants
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for pimping

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pimping

14
19
Scrabble Words With Friends