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 There's even an insane sequence in which a young Kravitz saves a teenage prostitute from a pimp and stashes her in his bedroom. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Rocker Lenny Kravitz looks back to when he found his voice," 16 Oct. 2020 Taylor, who allegedly previously worked as a pimp, drew criticism from those associated with Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone for acting as an agent for city leadership. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "'Alternatives to policing': Seattle pays $150,000 to 'street czar' to help patrol the city," 22 Sep. 2020 By eschewing the pimp, drug-dealer, ex-con, deadbeat-dad roles that contemporary Hollywood prescribes for black actors — by not playing victims — Boseman avoided the new stereotypes. Armond White, National Review, "The Usable Enigma of Chadwick Boseman," 2 Sep. 2020 Decades-old criminal records, obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, paint a portrait of a pimp and robber who repeatedly has lashed out with brutal violence against those around him. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Man who allegedly killed an out-of-towner in a South Florida hotel room has a history of deadly violence," 28 Aug. 2020 The fictional Golden Tip, a front for a high-end brothel, was based on a gas station owned by Scotty Bowers, a real-life Hollywood pimp. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Hollywood' Re-created Old Hollywood, From George Cukor's Dining Room to the 1948 Oscars," 11 Aug. 2020 According to the plea agreement in the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Diienno acted as a pimp for three victims at various times between November 2016 and June 2017. Katie V. Jones, baltimoresun.com, "Former Laurel man pleads guilty to prostituting three women," 10 Aug. 2020 If Beale Street Could Talk) also joined the cast, playing Stefani's boyfriend and pimp respectively. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "The Viral Twitter Thread-Turned Movie Zola Is Almost Here," 6 Aug. 2020 This 85-hp pimp-edition Chevy Cavalier never met sales expectations. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "The Greatest Racer, Advancements, Blunders, Designer, and More," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The golden rules of baseball -- don't have fun, don't pimp home runs, don't play with character. Scottie Andrew And Jillian Martin, CNN, "MLB's Ian Desmond, in a powerful post about racism and social injustice, opts out of the 2020 season," 30 June 2020 On the show, Henry Willson (Jim Parsons) brings Rock Hudson (Jake Picking) to one of Cukor's famous Sunday parties, in essence seeking to pimp him out to Hollywood producers to get his new client an audition. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Ryan Murphy details how Hollywood brought that pool party orgy to life," 5 May 2020 Since when did the Kentucky House of Representatives start pimping for Hallmark? Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Gerth: Roses are red. Violets are blue. If lawmakers don't get serious, we're all screwed," 14 Feb. 2020 On December 16, detectives in South Florida arrested G4S guard Sebastien Noel and charged him with pimping an underaged girl out of the hotel he was supposed to be guarding. USA TODAY, "A year of violence by guards at the world's largest security company," 20 Feb. 2020 In January 2017, Gartley was arrested in California and subsequently convicted in San Diego Superior Court of human trafficking of minors and pimping for prostitution. oregonlive, "Pimp moved in with 15-year-old victim, accompanied her to juvenile probation sessions, prosecutors say," 21 Jan. 2020 Defense attorneys also suggested during Stoddard’s cross-examination that Hernandez was involved in adult entertainment, not pimping, a possibility the officer conceded had not been investigated. 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 Bregman pimped it madly, carrying his bat all the way down to first base, admiring his majestic shot. BostonGlobe.com, "The momentum shifted quickly in the bottom of the inning as the relentless Astros ripped into Stephen Strasburg.," 30 Oct. 2019 That scheme involved importing women from South America and then pimping them out in places like Baltimore, D.C., and Philadelphia. Mario Ariza, sun-sentinel.com, "How to get drugs into 50 prisons? Soak inmates’ mail in heroin, ecstasy and fentanyl," 24 Sep. 2019

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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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27 Oct 2020

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“Pimp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pimp. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for pimp

pimp

noun
How to pronounce pimp (audio)

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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