gim·​me | \ ˈgi-mē How to pronounce gimme (audio) \
plural gimmes

Definition of gimme

1 : a short putt in golf conceded to an opponent in casual or match play
2 : something easily achieved or won especially in a contest

Examples of gimme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Marchand then followed with the jawbreaker, set up in front with a gimme after a charging David Pastrnak — who had 3 points, including his 13th goal — sent a sweet backhand feed from the goal line., "Most read on," 3 Nov. 2019 That Egg Bowl, on Thanksgiving night in Starkville, is certainly no gimme with the way the Rebels are playing on offense right now. Creg Stephenson |, al, " All-Access: SEC looking extra top-heavy this season," 19 Nov. 2019 Considering that Hayes has attempted one field goal during his college career, that’s not a gimme. oregonlive, "Oregon State’s Jonathan Smith now solidly in Pac-12 coach of the year discussion: 10 takeaways from the Beavers’ 35-34 win over Arizona State," 17 Nov. 2019 Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune: Remember when the OSU game looked like a gimme for Utah? oregonlive, "The Oregon Ducks bully Colorado; the Huskies are next: Issues & Answers," 12 Oct. 2019 More attempts by everyone within a six-county radius to have him scoop up the gimme. Teddy Greenstein,, "Porter Moser’s love of Chicago kept him at Loyola — despite a tougher NCAA Tournament road: ‘They’re making it to where it will be hard to leave’," 10 Oct. 2019 This is a rebuilding team with accomplished veterans such as Kevin Love (21 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists) and Tristan Thompson (25 points, 12 rebounds), but personnel-wise this should've been a gimme for the Pacers. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers stumbling out of the gate after listless, bad loss to Cavaliers," 27 Oct. 2019 Roster spots became gimmes in the Peter Chiarelli regime, in part because of a very poor draft performance over much of his GM tenure., "Young Bruins hopefuls know they have to earn their way to Boston - The Boston Globe," 3 Oct. 2019 The very next play, Sheehy-Guiseppi ran a crisp route, turned and went up over the defensive back for a catch that was anything but a gimme. Dan Labbe,, "Browns training camp offensive report: Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi makes plays as battle for last receiver spots heats up," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of gimme

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gimme

from gimme, contraction of give me

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The first known use of gimme was in 1929

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1 Jan 2020

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“Gimme.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gimme

US, informal : something that is easily done, achieved, won, etc.

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