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

Brown testified that she had been forced into prostitution by a pimp and resisted Allen. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Cyntoia Brown was released from a Tennessee prison today. Here are 4 things to know about her case," 7 Aug. 2019 Brown was forced into prostitution as a child and experienced physical abuse from her pimp. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Cyntoia Brown Will Be Free Next Week After Spending 15 Years In Prison," 1 Aug. 2019 Ninety-eight percent of black culture aren’t pimps. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "How Shane Taylor Went From a Rough Cleveland Neighborhood to ROH Television Champion," 14 June 2019 Her voice cracking with emotion, Ambrose said pimp Joseph Hazley was still accountable for her 16-year-old daughter’s death even though authorities say a client killed her. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "After emotional testimony from mother of slain teen Desiree Robinson, girl's pimp sentenced to 32 years in prison," 5 June 2019 Meanwhile, the Wells girls are making enemies while running their lucrative brothel, include a new pimp in town. Ew Staff, EW.com, "What to Watch on Wednesday: Aunt Lydia’s past is revealed on The Handmaid's Tale," 10 July 2019 On July 3rd lawmakers in the Netherlands, where prostitution is legal and highly visible, are to start discussing such a law, as well as whether to ban pimps. The Economist, "The idea of criminalising prostitutes’ clients is spreading," 15 June 2019 Uncle Henry, our ex-pimp, ex–drug-kingpin of an elder. Mitchell S. Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Opportunity Cost," 10 Feb. 2019 Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof, a legal pimp who gained notoriety for an HBO series about his business, has died, Fox News has learned. Fox News, "Dennis Hof, Nevada brothel owner, dead at 72," 16 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The law had caught up with a Palm Beach roué, A man of luxurious means, Charged with tracking, pimping, procuring, and rape Of dozens of underage teens. John Lithgow, The New Yorker, "Acosta Agonistes," 11 July 2019 The foster parents have seen the depths of abuse over 21 years: children raped by family members; girls pimped out by addict parents who need a fix; boys growing up in homes where dad beating mom is an everyday occurrence. USA Today, "Alaska is considered the deadliest state for women. A staggering 59% of women there have experienced violence.," 25 June 2019 Johnson and Williams are being held on felony charges of human trafficking, pimping, pandering, and kidnapping, while Russell is facing felony charges of human trafficking and pimping. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "14-Year-Old Victim Helps Police Bust Human Trafficking Operation," 5 June 2019 Often absent, Bernhardt’s mother likely pimped her to wealthy patrons. Rachel Shteir, WSJ, "‘Playing to the Gods’ Review: Avatars of Female Anguish," 23 Aug. 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 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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