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.

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Origin of gimp

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First recorded in 1655–65; probably from Dutch gimp; further origin unknown

Definition for gimp (2 of 4)

gimp2
[ gimp ]
/ gɪmp /

noun Chiefly Northeastern U.S.

spirit, vigor, or ambition: She didn't have the gimp to look for a better job.

Origin of gimp

2
First recorded in 1900–05; origin uncertain

Definition for gimp (3 of 4)

gimp3
[ 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

usage note for gimp

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM gimp

gimpy, adjective

Definition for gimp (4 of 4)

gimp4
[ jimp ]
/ dʒɪmp /

adjective Scot. and North England.

a variant of jimp.
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British Dictionary definitions for gimp (1 of 2)

gimp1

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)

gimp2
/ (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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