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gimp3

[gimp] /gɪmp/ Slang.
noun
1.
a limp.
2.
Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to a person who limps or is lame.
verb (used without object)
3.
to limp; walk in a halting manner:
a sprain that made her gimp for weeks.
Origin of gimp3
1920-1925
An Americanism dating back to 1920-25; origin uncertain
Related forms
gimpy, adjective
Usage note
When describing someone who is lame, gimp is used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting. But within the disability community, it is sometimes a term of self-reference.
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Examples from the Web for gimpy
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  • "gimpy Gordon's meandering mind is well understood for what it is," he said.

    The Big Fix George Oliver Smith
  • gimpy Gordon scuttled out of my bailiwick almost on a dead run.

    The Big Fix George Oliver Smith
  • gimpy looked at Barcelona's stormy face and he grew frightened.

    The Big Fix George Oliver Smith
  • Two of the boys, "gimpy" and Lem, were conferring aside in an undertone.

  • gimpy smiled a little disdainfully at the credulity of the “kids.”

    Neighbors

    Jacob A. Riis
  • He had a bit of a gimpy leg, a limp she could spot even from here.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow
  • gimpy drew forth from his stocking a very able-bodied baseball bat and considered it with a stunned look.

    Neighbors

    Jacob A. Riis
  • Through the peaceful breathing of the boys all about him, gimpy, alone wakeful, heard the deep bass of the troubled sea.

    Neighbors

    Jacob A. Riis
  • Something that was not of the tenement, something vital, with which his old life had no concern, welled up in gimpy at the touch.

    Neighbors

    Jacob A. Riis
British Dictionary definitions for gimpy

gimpy

/ˈɡɪmpɪ/
adjective
1.
the US equivalent of gammy

gimp1

/ɡɪmp/
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

/ɡɪmp/
noun
1.
(US & 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 gimpy

1925 (n.); 1931 (adj.); hobo slang, from gimp + -y.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for gimpy

gimpy

adjective

Having a limp or being lame (1920s+)

gimp

noun

  1. A limp (1920s+)
  2. A lame person; crip: He'd just kick a gimp in the good leg and leave him lay (1920s+)
  3. Vitality; ambition: All he needs is a wife with some sense and some gimp (1901+)

verb

: The old guy was gimping across the street

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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