- petty; insignificant; trivial.
- British Dialect. puny; weak; sickly.
Origin of pimping
- a person, especially a man, who solicits customers for a prostitute or a brothel, usually in return for a share of the earnings; pander; procurer.
- a despicable person.
- Australia and New Zealand. an informer; stool pigeon.
- to act as a pimp.
- to act as a pimp for.
- to exploit.
Origin of pimp
Examples from the Web for pimping
A crony named Tyrone “HK” McMillan faces even heavier time after being convicted last month of pimping underage girls.FBI Sting Rescues 105 Kids, Nabs 159 Pimps—But What About the Johns?
July 30, 2013
Essentially, aggravated pimping is a worse version of pimping.Dominique Strauss-Kahn & ‘Aggravated Pimping’ 101
July 26, 2013
This time, he was touting ‘Veganville,’ and butted heads with Bobby Moynihan, who was pimping ‘Sausage Depot.’Justin Timberlake Hosts Star-Studded SNL Feat. Jay-Z, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, More
March 10, 2013
I was beginning to think the entire interview would merely serve the function of Gloria Allred pimping her book.My Gloria Allred Nightmare
June 13, 2012
The pimping trial reconvenes on January 20, when all the glamorous escorts are expected to be in court.Out of Office, Berlusconi Faces 'Bunga Bunga' Prostitution Trial
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 24, 2011
And I should not be the first that has procured his greatness by pimping.The Comedies of William Congreve
They should not be pressed by "such a pimping vessel" as the Princess Augusta.The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore
John R. Hutchinson
Convert the brave, honest officers of your navy into pimping tide-waiters and colony officers of the customs.Benjamin Franklin
Frank Luther Mott
Amongst these was the worthy Mr. Trent, for whom he had often done business of the pimping vocation.Amelia
The man had been useful in many dubious actions; in bribery, solicitation, pimping, as a useful and facile witness.Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)
James S. De Benneville
- a man who solicits for a prostitute or brothel and lives off the earnings
- a man who procures sexual gratification for another; procurer; pander
- (intr) to act as a pimp
- (tr) slang to adapt or embellish in an ostentatious manner
- a spy or informer
- (intr often foll by on) to inform (on)
Word Origin and History for pimping
c.1600, of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle French pimpant "alluring in dress, seductive," present participle of pimper "to dress elegantly" (16c.), from Old French pimpelorer, pipelorer "decorate, color, beautify." Weekley suggests Middle French pimpreneau, defined in Cotgrave (1611) as "a knave, rascall, varlet, scoundrell," but Liberman is against this.
Judging by such recorded meanings of pimp as 'helper in mines; servant in logging camps,' this word was originally applied to boys and servants. [Liberman]
The word also means "informer, stool pigeon" in Australia and New Zealand and in South Africa, where by early 1960s it existed in Swahili form impimpsi. Pimpmobile first recorded 1973 (six years before Popemobile).
PIMP. A male procurer, or cock bawd; also a small faggot used about London for lighting fires, named from introducing the fire to the coals. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
1630s (intransitive) "to act as a pimp," from pimp (n.). Related: Pimped; pimping.