gimp

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[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. gimme cap,
  2. gimmick,
  3. gimmickery,
  4. gimmickry,
  5. gimmicky,
  6. gimpy,
  7. gin,
  8. gin and tonic,
  9. gin block,
  10. gin mill

Origin of gimp

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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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British Dictionary definitions for gimpy

gimpy

/ (ˈɡɪmpɪ) /

adjective

the US equivalent of gammy

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

gimp

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/ (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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