\ ˈpimp How to pronounce pimp (audio) \

Definition of pimp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a criminal who is associated with, usually exerts control over, and lives off the earnings of one or more prostitutes


pimped; pimping; pimps

Definition of pimp (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make use of often dishonorably for one's own gain or benefit

intransitive verb

: to work as a pimp

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Examples of pimp in a Sentence

Noun the sting operation nabbed 15 prostitutes and two pimps Verb a movie actress who pimped everybody she ever met as she clawed her way to the top
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The criminal complaint against her mentions two co-conspirators who investigators said were Ms. Barini’s pimp and a drug supplier. New York Times, "Cipriani Chef Found Dead May Have Been Drugged in Robbery Scheme," 26 Aug. 2019 The victims were Martin’s pimp — Angelo Kerney — and his brother. Andrew Welsh-huggins, The Seattle Times, "Ohio high court upholds trafficked girl’s murder conviction," 14 Aug. 2018 After living with fear and paranoia about her pimp, Lori (Emily Meade) breaks down in tears after Frankie shares the news that CC has died. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "This Is Where We Left Off On Season 2 Of The Deuce," 8 Sep. 2019 Noon Sunday 1964 film from director Sam Fuller about a former prostitute attempts to assimilate in suburbia after fleeing her pimp. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Sept. 6-12," 5 Sep. 2019 Barini said the pimp -- identified in the complaint as an unnamed co-conspirator -- gave Zamperoni liquid ecstasy and would not let Barini call police when Zamperoni did not wake up. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Sex worker faces drug-related charges in death of chef Andrea Zamperoni and two others," 27 Aug. 2019 The pimp, who was not identified, also allegedly forbade Barini from calling the police and discussed cutting up Zamperoni’s body to hide what happened, according to the documents. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Prostitute Arrested in Connection with Death of New York City Restaurant Head Chef," 26 Aug. 2019 This cliched comedy is filled with funny people like Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller and Rob Corddry, but Bell plays the only indelible character: Trina, a pimp. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Jillian Bell, the comedy world's secret weapon, breaks out in 'Brittany Runs a Marathon'," 16 Aug. 2019 The production hired the white actor Jonathan Pryce to reprise his turn as the Engineer (a conniving Eurasian pimp), setting off protests that nearly derailed the show’s Broadway plans. San Diego Union-Tribune, "For San Diego-raised actor Jackie Nguyen, ‘Miss Saigon’ has been a major part of her art and life," 30 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Toney Adger, 31, faces charges of human trafficking, pimping a minor, and two counts of pandering, court records show. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Richmond: Man allegedly pimped runaway teen from hotel for three days," 29 July 2019 Hernandez and Smith now face felony charges of human trafficking, pimping, and pandering. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "A Vacaville woman went home with a stranger from the bar. Police say she was then trafficked all over the country," 17 Aug. 2019 Eddie Murphy is all pimped out and ready to rid his community of evildoers in the first trailer for the comic biopic, Dolemite Is My Name. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "First trailer for Dolemite Is My Name pays tribute to a blaxploitation legend," 12 Aug. 2019 Many are young women, pimped under threats of spiritual damnation by juju healers. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 Johns also was indicted on two counts of pimping the girls, pandering procurement of a child for prostitution and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, all felonies. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Denver man sentenced to 24 years in prison for pimping two teens, two women," 28 June 2019 The law had caught up with a Palm Beach roué, A man of luxurious means, Charged with tracking, pimping, procuring, and rape Of dozens of underage teens. John Lithgow, The New Yorker, "Acosta Agonistes," 11 July 2019 The foster parents have seen the depths of abuse over 21 years: children raped by family members; girls pimped out by addict parents who need a fix; boys growing up in homes where dad beating mom is an everyday occurrence. USA Today, "Alaska is considered the deadliest state for women. A staggering 59% of women there have experienced violence.," 25 June 2019 Johnson and Williams are being held on felony charges of human trafficking, pimping, pandering, and kidnapping, while Russell is facing felony charges of human trafficking and pimping. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "14-Year-Old Victim Helps Police Bust Human Trafficking Operation," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of pimp


1701, in the meaning defined above


1745, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for pimp


probably akin to British dialect pimp small bundle of sticks, Middle English pymple papule, German Pimpf young boy, kid, literally, little fart, Pumpf, Pumps fart

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The first known use of pimp was in 1701

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English Language Learners Definition of pimp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a man who makes money illegally by getting customers for prostitutes



English Language Learners Definition of pimp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to get customers for prostitutes : to work as a pimp


\ ˈpimp How to pronounce pimp (audio) \

Legal Definition of pimp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one who derives income from the earnings of a prostitute usually by soliciting business — compare panderer

Legal Definition of pimp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to work as a pimp — compare pandering

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