pimping

[pim-ping]

Origin:
1680–90; origin uncertain

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pimp

[pimp]
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

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pimp1 (pɪmp)
 
n
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
 
vb
3.  (intr) to act as a pimp
 
[C17: of unknown origin]

pimp2 (pɪmp)
 
n
1.  a spy or informer
 
vb (often foll by on)
2.  to inform (on)
 
[of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

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.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
PIMP
peeing in my pants
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Example sentences
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.
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