- 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 gimp1
- spirit, vigor, or ambition.
Origin of gimp2
- a limp.
- Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to a person who limps or is lame.
- to limp; walk in a halting manner: a sprain that made her gimp for weeks.
Origin of gimp3
- slender; trim; delicate.
- scant; barely sufficient.
Origin of jimp
Examples from the Web for gimp
"She hasn't any of Josie's gimp," was old Cyrus's unspoken fault.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906
Lucy Maud Montgomery
For a moment I toyed with the idea of being honest with the Gimp.
But then it did indeed occur to me that maybe I could make use of the Gimp.
It'll want a piece of binding, or gimp, tacked around the edges.The Squirrel Inn
Frank R. Stockton
"Peculiar about Charlie," Gimp answered, looking awed and puzzled.The Planet Strappers
Raymond Zinke Gallun
- a tapelike trimming of silk, wool, or cotton, often stiffened with wire
- 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 and History for gimp
1925, "a crippled leg," also "a crippled person," perhaps by association with limp, or a corruption of gammy (see game (adj.)).
also gymp, ornamental material for trimming dresses, furniture, etc., 1660s, from French guimpe, Old French guimple "wimple, headdress, veil," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German wimpal).