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[pim-plee] /ˈpɪm pli/
adjective, pimplier, pimpliest.
having many pimples.
Also, pimpled
[pim-puh ld] /ˈpɪm pəld/ (Show IPA)
Origin of pimply
1740-50; pimple + -y1
Related forms
unpimpled, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In pathology, a dry papulous or pimply eruption of the skin, terminating in scurfy exfoliations.

  • There was the swollen nose and there were the pimply blotches of the man who drank.

    Witness to the Deed George Manville Fenn
  • I'm going to think this out, and I'll bet I make that fat, pimply beast sit up and howl.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • They were a man, his wife, two handsome daughters and a pimply son.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • Jonathan was lazy, Jonathan was pimply, Jonathan was fat—but Jonathan was orthodox.

    Man and Wife Wilkie Collins
  • But on the reverse, a pimply shrunken figure emerged from the bath.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • Honourable manhood goes a-begging while the world worships at the feet of pimply lords!

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • Over the last three miles of the day's journey the surface was raised in large, pimply masses surrounded by wide fissures.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • The knights formed up around the ring and their pimply squires came out of the gate and tended to them.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • The nice new house was expecting them, and a cheeky, pimply German page-boy took their packages up.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
Word Origin and History for pimply

1748, from pimple (n.) + -y (2). Related: Pimpliness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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