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


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pimped; pimping; pimps

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

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
The bombastic, wheeling-and-dealing, pimp-like identity Tate has created is, according to his supporters, simply an act intended to advance his mythos. Ioana Erdei, Rolling Stone, 26 Jan. 2023 As for the other bodies, possibly Dominic (Michael Imperioli) and Lucia, the pimp being an actual danger, after all. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2022 One day, the pimp saw her on the street and tried to abduct her. Absurdity, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2022 The cast includes Val Kilmer (as an imaginary Elvis), Gary Oldman (as a pimp named Drexel), Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt and more. Erik Kain, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2023 Cube talking reckless, Too $hort as the pimp with a heart of gold, E-40’s deep slanguage, and smooth ol’ Uncle Snoop: this is Mount Westmore’s appeal to their graying base. Mosi Reeves, Rolling Stone, 9 Dec. 2022 Albie had taken up with a local prostitute, Lucia (Simona Tabasco), who, unbeknownst to him, had also slept with his father, and who was being followed by her apparent pimp. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2022 Here's the thing: Lucia definitely doesn't have a pimp who's threatening her. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 8 Dec. 2022 The book was all about a pimp and trying to start a whorehouse. Andrew Goldman, Vulture, 6 Jan. 2022
Looking back, Shirley wonders if her husband intended to pimp her all along. USA Today, 19 Jan. 2023 Another is nightclub promoter and pimp Paul Snider, played by Dan Stevens. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2022 The two women join forces against the king’s desire to pimp his daughter out to a rich aristocrat, and the royal physician’s plan to separate the mermaid from whatever internal organs contain her magical power. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1701, in the meaning defined above


circa 1640, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of pimp was circa 1640

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Cite this Entry

“Pimp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pimp. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Legal Definition


1 of 2 noun
: one who derives income from the earnings of a prostitute usually by soliciting business compare panderer


2 of 2 intransitive verb
: to work as a pimp compare pandering
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