\ 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

1 : to make use of often dishonorably for one's own gain or benefit
2 informal : to customize and adorn (something, such as a car or apartment) in an ostentatious or lavish way Their backhoe had four spotlights on a bar above the cab, the same way kids pimped their pick-up trucks, and together the four beams made a wide pool of halogen brightness.— Lee Child often used with out This is a parallel world where teenagers pimp out their motorboats, customizing them with dazzling LED lights and powerful stereo systems …— Leo BarracloughForeign buyers—many of them anonymous—have poured cash into Miami's real-estate market for years. Think mansions priced at over $20 million, condos pimped out with private rooftop pools, and spec houses with wild extras.— Raisa Bruner

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 Betting that no pimp wanted to alter his look, Jimmy posted a new sign: NO HATS ALLOWED. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2021 One major storyline charts the rise and fall of a pimp cartel and one of its leading lights whose life story Neuesuper purchased. John Hopewell, Variety, 12 Oct. 2021 At his darkest, Manto can make the three-way transaction between client, prostitute and pimp look like an eternal triangle that captures the essential geometry of all human relations. Boyd Tonkin, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 Alexandra traverse Los Angeles in search of Sin-Dee's cheating boyfriend and pimp, to both hilarious and tragic effect. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, 1 Oct. 2021 In her last runaway incident before aging out, a CPS worker at a hotel in March spotted J.B. with a man believed to be her pimp. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2021 The bottom recruits, trains and supervises other women who work as prostitutes for the pimp. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Aug. 2021 Jones said that the mother booked an appointment with her daughter’s pimp, agreeing to pay $250 for a session. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 4 Sep. 2021 His family shattered, Malcolm grew up in foster homes and ended up in Roxbury, as a dope dealer and pimp. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Prosecutors charged him under the Mann Act, a 100-year-old federal law intended today to prosecute the human traffickers who cross state lines to pimp out women. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, 27 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 5 May 2020 Since when did the Kentucky House of Representatives start pimping for Hallmark? Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, 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, 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, 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, 17 Aug. 2019 Bregman pimped it madly, carrying his bat all the way down to first base, admiring his majestic shot. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pimp


1701, in the meaning defined above


circa 1640, in the meaning defined at intransitive 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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“Pimp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pimp. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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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


intransitive verb

Legal Definition of pimp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to work as a pimp — compare pandering


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