\ˈblimp \

Definition of blimp 

1 : an airship that maintains its form by pressure from contained gas

2 capitalized : colonel blimp

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The attraction that’s drawn the most attention is the 19-foot blimp of adult-baby Donald Trump. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s Controversial U.K. Visit," 12 July 2018 The Goodyear Tire company is training pilots of its iconic blimps to fly new airships. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "If you saw the Goodyear blimp over Indianapolis, this is why," 18 June 2018 But with just one day to go, news of this rival blimp’s arrival — despite raising more than £50,000 ($66,000) according to the Crowdfunder web site – has quietened down. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "London Protest Organizers Plan to Take the 'Trump Baby' Blimp on the Road," 13 July 2018 Meanwhile, another protest will see a 20-foot blimp in the shape of an orange baby featuring Trump's face fly over Parliament. Alexander Smith /, NBC News, "Trump in Britain: President faces dozens of protests across U.K.," 13 July 2018 The idea for a Trump baby blimp came to Murray last December. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Meet the brains behind the ‘Trump Baby’ balloon," 13 July 2018 In short, Goodyear is getting out of the blimp business. Andrew Van Dam,, "The blimp industry is changing, right over our noses," 12 June 2018 The president is largely avoiding London—Mayor Sadiq Khan, who approved the blimp, has sparred with Trump in the past, notably after Trump retweeted a British group known for its anti-Muslim content last year. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Hot Air: London Swells With Protests Against Donald Trump," 13 July 2018 Yes: there was a Donald Trump baby blimp floating over Parliament Square. David Abrahams, Vogue, "A Very British Protest Unites London," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of blimp

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blimp

imitative; perhaps from the sound made by striking the gas bag with the thumb

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English Language Learners Definition of blimp

: a large aircraft without wings that floats because it is filled with gas


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Kids Definition of blimp

: an airship filled with gas like a balloon

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