\ 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 The Sopranos star Joe Pantoliano showing up as a rather menacing pimp who's on Cruise's character's tail. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 9 Mar. 2022 Prosecutors alleged King was the victim’s pimp, though a motive for the attack was not disclosed. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2022 Zola is based on a viral Twitter thread about an exotic dancer’s long weekend with a new friend and her homicidal pimp. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Mar. 2022 When a guy hooks up with many girls, he's called a pimp in a good way. Audra Heinrichs, ELLE, 19 Feb. 2022 The infamous 1953 mansion of the late Indiana pimp-turned-magnate, Jerry Hostetler, is once again on the market and this time, the long-suffering, long-unwanted monstrosity might finally be sold. Ko Lyn Cheang, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Feb. 2022 Burrell told me that the film’s title came from portrayals of hustler and pimp culture in Blaxploitation movies. Adrian L. Burrell, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2022 The woman became her pimp, and sold her during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Wendy Grossman Kantor, PEOPLE.com, 20 Jan. 2022 Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline brought workers, along with a pimp and two young women. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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 See More

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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 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for 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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