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noun (1)

plural gimps
offensive : a disabled person
: limp
She walks with a gimp in one leg …Damon Runyon


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gimped; gimping; gimps

intransitive verb

: limp, hobble
gimping up the stairs


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noun (2)

plural gimps
: an ornamental flat braid or round cord used as a trimming


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noun (3)

plural gimps
: spirit, vim
And if I had an ounce of gimp in me I'd see that he was suspended from the force.Atlantic Monthly

Examples of gimp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The actor and comedian recently spoke to British GQ and addressed a rumor that Watson stormed off the set of the 2013 comedy after refusing to shoot a particularly wild scene involving Danny McBride playing a cannibal and Channing Tatum as his gimp. Rachel Yang,, 30 Mar. 2021 But none of her far-out artistic excursions have included having her hands bound while a leather masked gimp tickles her with a feather, shocks her feet and being locked in place while Kraft Punk pours a bucket of Velveeta on her head. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 11 Nov. 2020

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Word History


Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

perhaps from Dutch

Noun (3)

perhaps from gimp fish line strengthened with wire

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1931, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1664, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gimp was in 1664

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“Gimp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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