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  1. a small, nonrigid airship or dirigible, especially one used chiefly for observation.
  2. Slang. a fat person.
Verb Phrases
  1. blimp out, Slang. to eat too much.

Origin of blimp

First recorded in 1915–20; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for blimp out

blimp out

  1. (intr, adverb) slang to become greatly overweight


  1. a small nonrigid airship, esp one used for observation or as a barrage balloon
  2. films a soundproof cover fixed over a camera during shooting
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Word Origin

C20: probably from (type) B-limp


  1. (often capital) mainly British a person, esp a military officer, who is stupidly complacent and reactionaryAlso called: Colonel Blimp

Word Origin

C20: after a character created by Sir David Low (1891–1963), New Zealand-born British political cartoonist
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Word Origin and History for blimp out



1916, of obscure origin, many claimants. "One of the weird coinages of the airmen" [Weekley]. Common theory is that it is from designers' prototype nickname Type B-limp, in the sense of "without internal framework," as opposed to Type A-rigid; thus see limp (adj.).

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