gimp

1
[ gimp ]
/ gɪmp /

noun

a flat trimming of silk, wool, or other cord, sometimes stiffened with wire, for garments, curtains, etc.
a coarse thread, usually glazed, employed in lacemaking to outline designs.

Origin of gimp

1
1655–65; apparently < Dutch gimp < ?

Definition for gimp (2 of 5)

gimp

2
[ gimp ]
/ gɪmp /

noun Chiefly Northeastern U.S.

spirit, vigor, or ambition.

Origin of gimp

2
First recorded in 1900–05; origin uncertain

Definition for gimp (3 of 5)

gimp

3
[ gimp ]
/ gɪmp /
Slang.

noun

a limp.
Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to a person who limps or is lame.

verb (used without object)

to limp; walk in a halting manner: a sprain that made her gimp for weeks.

Origin of gimp

3
An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; origin uncertain
Related formsgimp·y, 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.

Definition for gimp (4 of 5)

gimp

4
[ jimp ]
/ dʒɪmp /

adjective Scot. and North England.

Definition for gimp (5 of 5)

jimp

or gimp

[ jimp ]
/ dʒɪmp /

adjective Scot. and North England.

slender; trim; delicate.
scant; barely sufficient.

Origin of jimp

First recorded in 1500–10; origin uncertain
Related formsjimp·ly, adverbjimp·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for gimp (1 of 2)

gimp

1

guimpe

/ (ɡɪmp) /

noun

a tapelike trimming of silk, wool, or cotton, often stiffened with wire

Word Origin for gimp

C17: probably from Dutch gimp, of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for gimp (2 of 2)

gimp

2
/ (ɡɪmp) /

noun

US and Canadian offensive, slang a physically disabled person, esp one who is lame
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 for gimp

C20: of unknown origin
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