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[pim-plee] /ˈpɪm pli/
adjective, pimplier, pimpliest.
having many pimples.
Also, pimpled
[pim-puh ld] /ˈpɪm pəld/ (Show IPA)
Origin of pimply
First recorded in 1740-50; pimple + -y1
Related forms
unpimpled, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Why do men marry viragoes, pimply girls with incipient moustaches?

    Tea-Table Talk Jerome K. Jerome
  • There was the swollen nose and there were the pimply blotches of the man who drank.

    Witness to the Deed George Manville Fenn
  • They were a man, his wife, two handsome daughters and a pimply son.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • But on the reverse, a pimply shrunken figure emerged from the bath.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • Jonathan was lazy, Jonathan was pimply, Jonathan was fat—but Jonathan was orthodox.

    Man and Wife Wilkie Collins
  • Over the last three miles of the day's journey the surface was raised in large, pimply masses surrounded by wide fissures.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • The nice new house was expecting them, and a cheeky, pimply German page-boy took their packages up.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • In pathology, a dry papulous or pimply eruption of the skin, terminating in scurfy exfoliations.

  • It did not strike me till far into the evening that the pimply young reprobates were making the girls drunk.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • When she's got a red nose and a pimply face, and a sharp tongue, you'd be glad enough to see her at the wash-tub then.

Word Origin and History for pimply

1748, from pimple (n.) + -y (2). Related: Pimpliness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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