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

First recorded in 1915–20; of uncertain origin


(sometimes lowercase)
  1. Colonel Blimp.
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Origin of Blimp

First recorded in 1930–35
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Related Words for blimp

zeppelin, dirigible, aircraft

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Historical Examples of blimp

  • "Message from the 'blimp,' sir," again iterated the messenger on the deck.

    Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers

    H. Irving Hancock

  • As Darrin glanced upward he saw the "blimp" nearly overhead.

  • Apart from the "blimp's" report there could be no doubt as to the destruction.

  • Darrin followed for a few miles, keeping the "blimp" in sight.

  • Then it was a very important catch that the 'blimp' ran us into.

British Dictionary definitions for blimp


  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 for blimp

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
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Word Origin for blimp

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


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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