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  1. a limp.
  2. Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to a person who limps or is lame.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to limp; walk in a halting manner: a sprain that made her gimp for weeks.
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Origin of gimp3

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.
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Historical Examples

  • Francis gimped out a moment later and gave him a solemn handshake.


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for gimped



  1. a tapelike trimming of silk, wool, or cotton, often stiffened with wire
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Word Origin

C17: probably from Dutch gimp, of unknown origin


  1. US and Canadian offensive, slang a physically disabled person, esp one who is lame
  2. slang a sexual fetishist who likes to be dominated and who dresses in a leather or rubber body suit with mask, zips, and chains
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Word Origin

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gimped



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).

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1925, "a crippled leg," also "a crippled person," perhaps by association with limp, or a corruption of gammy (see game (adj.)).

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