pimp

noun
\ 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

pimp

verb
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

Meanwhile, the Wells girls are making enemies while running their lucrative brothel, include a new pimp in town. Ew Staff, EW.com, "What to Watch on Wednesday: Aunt Lydia’s past is revealed on The Handmaid's Tale," 10 July 2019 On July 3rd lawmakers in the Netherlands, where prostitution is legal and highly visible, are to start discussing such a law, as well as whether to ban pimps. The Economist, "The idea of criminalising prostitutes’ clients is spreading," 15 June 2019 Uncle Henry, our ex-pimp, ex–drug-kingpin of an elder. Mitchell S. Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Opportunity Cost," 10 Feb. 2019 Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof, a legal pimp who gained notoriety for an HBO series about his business, has died, Fox News has learned. Fox News, "Dennis Hof, Nevada brothel owner, dead at 72," 16 Oct. 2018 One of the pimps netted in a review board sting in 2015 admitted that many of the women were in debt bondage and in fear for their lives or the safety of their families. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "Tech Bros Bought Sex Trafficking Victims by Using Amazon and Microsoft Work Emails," 21 Dec. 2017 The effort dovetails with a campaign by the state’s most famous pimp for a seat in the state Legislature. Time, "A Brothel Owner Is Running for Office in Nevada as a Republican," 11 June 2018 Critics of the clubs say that without consistent enforcement in the French Quarter, the clubs are at risk of being affected by prostitution and pimps on Bourbon Street. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "Few French Quarter strip clubs open for business as usual," 28 Jan. 2018 Experts in human trafficking have said that pimps often use drugs as a mechanism to get women and girls to become dependent on them. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Investigators track woman's fatal overdose to Cleveland Heights prostitution ring," 29 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Often absent, Bernhardt’s mother likely pimped her to wealthy patrons. Rachel Shteir, WSJ, "‘Playing to the Gods’ Review: Avatars of Female Anguish," 23 Aug. 2018 This responsibility to maintain and pimp up the self everyday is exhausting and still leaves us with no real feeling of connection to others. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "An Interview With Grammy-Crashing Performance Artist Michael Portnoy, 20 Years After 'SOY BOMB'," 22 Jan. 2018 The song also features Cuban reggaeton artist El Micha, a star in Cuba who appears in the video pimped out in a fur coat, rapping at the center of a Las Vegas party scene. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Descemer Bueno and Enrique Iglesias Share New Video, 'Nos Fuimos Lejos': Watch," 7 Apr. 2018 McCoy is accused of actively pimping since December 2017 and allegedly threatened and coerced women into prostitution, the Associated Press reported, citing police documents. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Freed death row inmate-turned-speaker faces fresh sex trafficking charges," 14 May 2018 In her new show, Harlots, the actress who previously portrayed Lady Sybil on the much-beloved PBS series, plays Charlotte, a prostitute in 18th-century London, who is being pimped out by her own mother. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The scandalous new period drama features Lady Sybil like you've never seen her before.," 23 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of pimp

Noun

1701, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1745, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for pimp

Noun

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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pimp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pimp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

pimp

verb

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

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

pimp

noun
\ 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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