pimp

noun
\ˈpimp \

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

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

One of those races in Nye County pits incumbent Assembly member James Oscarson of Pahrump against Nevada's most famous pimp, Dennis Hof. CBS News, "Primary results in Virginia, 4 other states -- live updates," 12 June 2018 Nationally, the internet limited the role pimps and offered more agency to those engaging in prostitution. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Will a new federal sex trafficking law help Alaska’s endangered youths?," 3 May 2018 Goldie wants to be the biggest, baddest pimp in California. Dave Lewis, latimes.com, "11 blaxploitation movies that helped define the genre," 8 June 2018 Occasional Crew member Leon Russell, looking like a pimp Santa with his dark glasses and a cane, started off playing demos for $10 a song. Sean Elder, Newsweek, "Behind the Music Behind the Music: 'Wrecking Crew' Played Pop's Biggest Hits," 14 Mar. 2015 Even there, respect is hard to find, with wedding guests whispering behind the musicians’ backs, accusing them of being pimps and infidels because over the years of war people started believing music is prohibited in Islam. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 As a kid, Dphrepaulezz grew up amid hustlers, pimps and drug dealers in Oakland, but pulled himself out by teaching himself how to play multiple instruments. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Fantastic Negrito refuses to let Grammy win distract him," 7 June 2018 Over the next two decades, The Coup put out five more albums, with ballads about pimps named Jesus and musings on ways to murder high-powered execs. Joseph Bien-kahn, WIRED, "Radical As Ever, Boots Riley Takes On the Tech Boom," 4 July 2018 Monteiro allegedly acted as a pimp, arranging visits and transportation, and introducing McDowell to some of the victims, prosecutors said. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "Two men charged with sex trafficking in Boston, on Cape Cod," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Meanwhile, a California judge dismissed pimping conspiracy and other charges against the Backpage.com operators, saying federal law protecting free speech grants immunity to websites that post content created by others. Bloomberg.com, "Prosecutors: Backpage.com Made Millions in Prostitution Ads," 10 Apr. 2018 Sadly the Birkenstocks were show-only, Amazon bought then pimped by Curradi, and will not go on sale with the multi-color twining detail that also graced his belts. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Gone Fishing: Federico Curradi Casts a Spell at Pitti," 14 June 2018 From cars that look like regular cars, but are secretly fortified with advanced bullet proof armor, through to heavily armored vehicles and combat pimped-out Polaris Defense MRZRs. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "SOFIC: Where Special Operations shop for cutting-edge weapons," 24 May 2018 Accompanied by pictures of the young footballer walking back to his car from his choice of eatery, Mail readers were told exactly how much the player's 'pimped-up' vehicle is worth. SI.com, "Tabloid Attention on Raheem Sterling Reaches New Lows as England Star Is Slated for Eating Breakfast," 24 Apr. 2018 But Brown threw out pimping conspiracy and other state charges against Backpage's operators. CBS News, "Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer and company, dubbed "online brothel," cop pleas," 13 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \

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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