: an airship that maintains its form by pressure from contained gas
capitalized : colonel blimp

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The filming went on, unhindered by protesters, until 2 am, with smoke and explosions and a huge balloon of light floating over the street like a blimp. Andrew Cockburn, Harper’s Magazine , 5 Jan. 2023 The Nickelodeon virtual reality blimp will add another dimension. Dallas News, 14 Jan. 2022 In the grand field of the next presidential campaign, l’affair Fuentes might not even be a blimp. Philip Elliott, Time, 28 Nov. 2022 Most human-sized beings couldn’t float without a blimp, of course. WIRED, 28 Oct. 2022 McElhenney agrees with the reactions and then unveils the official Ryan Rodney Reynolds Memorial Blimp — a red blimp with Reynolds' face as his Deadpool character without a mask. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2022 The blimp then begins to rise as McElhenney wishes Reynolds a Happy Birthday and the team members clap in the background. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2022 In the video, fans see a blimp crashing into a crowded soccer stadium and a bloody police chase down the highway. Good Housekeeping, 16 Sep. 2022 In July, a 22-meter ground surveillance blimp was deployed in Nogales, providing 24/7 aerial surveillance of the Arizona-Mexico border. Rafael Carranza, The Arizona Republic, 18 June 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blimp was in 1916

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Cite this Entry

“Blimp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: an airship filled with gas like a balloon

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