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[jimp]
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adjective Scot. and North England.
  1. jimp.

jimp

or gimp

[jimp]
adjective Scot. and North England.
  1. slender; trim; delicate.
  2. scant; barely sufficient.

Origin of jimp

First recorded in 1500–10; origin uncertain
Related formsjimp·ly, adverbjimp·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for gimper

gimp1

guimpe

noun
  1. a tapelike trimming of silk, wool, or cotton, often stiffened with wire

Word Origin

C17: probably from Dutch gimp, of unknown origin

gimp2

noun
  1. US and Canadian offensive, slang a physically disabled person, esp one who is lame
  2. slang a sexual fetishist who likes to be dominated and who dresses in a leather or rubber body suit with mask, zips, and chains

Word Origin

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gimper

gimp

n.2

also gymp, ornamental material for trimming dresses, furniture, etc., 1660s, from French guimpe, Old French guimple "wimple, headdress, veil," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German wimpal).

gimp

n.1

1925, "a crippled leg," also "a crippled person," perhaps by association with limp, or a corruption of gammy (see game (adj.)).

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