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[gimp, gamp]
  1. a chemisette or yoke of lace, embroidery, or other material, worn with a dress cut low at the neck.
  2. gimp1.
  3. a part of the habit of nuns of certain orders, consisting of a wide, stiffly starched cloth that covers the neck and shoulders.
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Origin of guimpe

1840–50; earlier gimp; see gimp1
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Examples from the Web for guimpe

Historical Examples of guimpe

  • The gathers at the waist are confined by narrow rows of guimpe.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. III, No. XVII, October 1851


  • A guimpe of black net perhaps—tucked, would you say, Joan dear!

    Why Joan?

    Eleanor Mercein Kelly

  • It was a princess, and for evening wear the guimpe had only to be removed.

  • Hemstitchers earn $10 to $14 and a guimpe maker in one shop earned $12.

  • Whatever she got for that must be made with a guimpe that could be taken out to make it a little more festive for the ball.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost

    Gene Stratton Porter

British Dictionary definitions for guimpe


  1. a short blouse with sleeves worn under a pinafore dress
  2. a fill-in for a low-cut dress
  3. a piece of starched cloth covering the chest and shoulders of a nun's habit
  4. a variant spelling of gimp 1
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Word Origin for guimpe

C19: variant of gimp
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