gim·​me ˈgi-mē How to pronounce gimme (audio)
plural gimmes
: a short putt in golf conceded to an opponent in casual or match play
: something easily achieved or won especially in a contest

Examples of gimme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The battle might've seemed like a gimme for Mraz, given the singer's generally stronger showings, but Williams' showmanship earned him the victory., 15 Nov. 2023 On the merits from the U.S. perspective, these should be economic-policy gimmes, but some countries will be more skeptical than others, and hammering out agreements always takes time as both sides work through the details. Dominic Pino, National Review, 10 Jan. 2024 Advertisement The Clippers were handed as close to a gimme as the NBA can offer due to the absence of Nikola Jokic (lower back), Jamal Murray (hamstring), and Aaron Gordon (right heel strain), core members of the defending NBA champions’ lineup. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Advertisement Here comes the gantlet (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) The gimmes are over. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2023 Walker: This is the last gimme on the Ravens’ schedule against an opponent that could be in quasi-tank mode by this point. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 6 Sep. 2023 For the second year in a row, there’s no Power Five nonconference opponent, just two relative nobodies plus a FCS gimme in North Carolina Central. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2023 Even the very best golf pros muff gimme putts Rory McIlroy, who is nearing the turn at Royal Liverpool, just dropped what cannot be viewed as anything but an unnecessary stroke. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 20 July 2023 There are no gimmes in baseball no matter how woeful the opponent, but a lopsided 9-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals in which the Dodgers were manhandled by a team with the second-worst record in the majors (25-59) still qualifies as a surprise … or maybe not. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2023 See More

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Word History


from gimme, contraction of give me

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gimme was in 1929

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“Gimme.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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