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

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One of the pimps netted in a review board sting in 2015 admitted that many of the women were in debt bondage and in fear for their lives or the safety of their families. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "Tech Bros Bought Sex Trafficking Victims by Using Amazon and Microsoft Work Emails," 21 Dec. 2017 The effort dovetails with a campaign by the state’s most famous pimp for a seat in the state Legislature. Time, "A Brothel Owner Is Running for Office in Nevada as a Republican," 11 June 2018 Critics of the clubs say that without consistent enforcement in the French Quarter, the clubs are at risk of being affected by prostitution and pimps on Bourbon Street. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "Few French Quarter strip clubs open for business as usual," 28 Jan. 2018 Experts in human trafficking have said that pimps often use drugs as a mechanism to get women and girls to become dependent on them. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Investigators track woman's fatal overdose to Cleveland Heights prostitution ring," 29 July 2017 Damage-control expert, fortunately, is one of the many hats Lisa keeps in steady rotation, along with den mother, cheerleader, shrink, landlady, fund-raiser and, as the circumstances sometimes dictate, pimp. Justin Chang, The Seattle Times, "‘Support the Girls’: Regina Hall calls the shots in terrific sports-bar comedy," 27 Aug. 2018 Dennis Hof, the infamous pimp and Nevada state Assembly candidate who has likened himself to President Trump, has officially lost his brothel license. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Nevada pimp running for state Assembly loses brothel license," 9 Aug. 2018 Ervin’s proposal seeks to focus not on punishing the prostitutes themselves, but the men soliciting them and the pimps. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "Anti-prostitution proposal to crack down on pimps heads to full City Council," 22 June 2018 Taking down ads doesn’t mean the pimps and predators start following the rules. Nash Jenkins, Time, "A New Bill Aims to Fight Sex Trafficking. But Critics Say It Goes Too Far," 27 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 This responsibility to maintain and pimp up the self everyday is exhausting and still leaves us with no real feeling of connection to others. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "An Interview With Grammy-Crashing Performance Artist Michael Portnoy, 20 Years After 'SOY BOMB'," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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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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