\ 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

: 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 Nonprofit workers who patrol these streets handing out toiletries and condoms for prostitutes have long said the Delux Inn is a place where pimps and prostitutes go to do business. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "After hundreds of 911 calls from this NW Dallas motel, it took a homicide to get the city to act," 3 Jan. 2020 Traffickers or pimps made a lot of money from my body and were very abusive. Ane Mathieson And Alexi Ashe Meyers, Marie Claire, "Decriminalizing the Sex Trade Isn't the Answer—The Equality Model Is," 25 Nov. 2019 That's a recipe for disaster in a house full of young prostitutes and thuggish pimps. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Bloody Marie': Film Review," 31 Oct. 2019 In a new Saturday Night Live sketch, the classic children’s TV neighborhood has become a haven of crime and corruption with pimps and drug users on every corner. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "'Saturday Night Live' Takes on 'Joker' With a Super Dark View of 'Sesame Street'," 13 Oct. 2019 Teens are especially vulnerable to pimps/predators of human trafficking, because they are actively targeted by them on social media and in places where teens hang out. Joan Hunt, courant.com, "How To Protect Teens From Human Trafficking," 11 Oct. 2019 Natasja Bos, one of the leaders of Exxpose, claims that the Swedish model deters trafficking (ie, recruitment through force or deception) by discouraging both clients and pimps. The Economist, "The idea of criminalising prostitutes’ clients is spreading," 15 June 2019 Court documents in the case portray Childs as a pimp who was frequently threatening, abusive and violent. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two men who ran a Dodge County strip club charged in federal prostitution case," 11 Dec. 2019 After listening to a local homeless man repeat the exploits of a fictional folk character named Dolemite, Moore elaborates on those breathtakingly obscene tall tales as a cane-wielding pimp in his brief act at a corner nightclub. Ann Hornaday, Houston Chronicle, "Eddie Murphy’s back, baby, in ‘Dolemite Is My Name’," 16 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Toney Adger, 31, faces charges of human trafficking, pimping a minor, and two counts of pandering, court records show. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Richmond: Man allegedly pimped runaway teen from hotel for three days," 29 July 2019 Hernandez and Smith now face felony charges of human trafficking, pimping, and pandering. 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 Eddie Murphy is all pimped out and ready to rid his community of evildoers in the first trailer for the comic biopic, Dolemite Is My Name. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "First trailer for Dolemite Is My Name pays tribute to a blaxploitation legend," 12 Aug. 2019 Many are young women, pimped under threats of spiritual damnation by juju healers. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 Johns also was indicted on two counts of pimping the girls, pandering procurement of a child for prostitution and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, all felonies. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Denver man sentenced to 24 years in prison for pimping two teens, two women," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of pimp


1701, in the meaning defined above


1745, in the meaning defined at transitive 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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15 Jan 2020

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“Pimp.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pimped. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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

Legal Definition of pimp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to work as a pimp — compare pandering

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