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Definition of gimp

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

Definition of gimp (Entry 2 of 4)

Definition of gimp (Entry 3 of 4)

1 sometimes offensive : cripple sense 1a
2 : limp walks with a gimp— Damon Runyon

gimp

verb
gimped; gimping; gimps

Definition of gimp (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

: limp, hobble gimping up the stairs

First Known Use of gimp

Noun (1)

1664, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1893, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gimp

Noun (1)

perhaps from Dutch

Noun (2)

perhaps from gimp fish line strengthened with wire

Noun (3)

origin unknown

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“Gimp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gimp. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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