gimpier; gimpiest
US, informal
: afflicted with a limp or a limping walk : lame sense 1
I was just back from World War II, a very senior private first class with a patch over a damaged eye and a cane to help a gimpy leg. Tony Hillerman
The Mets … lost Luis Castillo to a strained left hip flexor. The gimpy second baseman limped off the field with two out in the seventh after serving as the middle man on a double play. Adam Rubin

Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gimpy was in 1925

Dictionary Entries Near gimpy

Cite this Entry

“Gimpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
Spell It

Hear a word and type it out. How many can you get right?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.