- a small, nonrigid airship or dirigible, especially one used chiefly for observation.
- Slang. a fat person.
- blimp out, Slang. to eat too much.
Origin of blimp
- (intr, adverb) slang to become greatly overweight
- a small nonrigid airship, esp one used for observation or as a barrage balloon
- films a soundproof cover fixed over a camera during shooting
- (often capital) mainly British a person, esp a military officer, who is stupidly complacent and reactionaryAlso called: Colonel Blimp
Word Origin and History for blimp out
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.).