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or gimp

adjective Scot. and North England.
  1. slender; trim; delicate.
  2. scant; barely sufficient.
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Origin of jimp

First recorded in 1500–10; origin uncertain
Related formsjimp·ly, adverbjimp·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for jimp

Historical Examples

  • She sat her mount superbly; as jimp and erect as a willow sapling.

    A Daughter of the Dons

    William MacLeod Raine

  • I noticed that he carried one arm in a sling, but otherwise he was still the model rogue, jimp and smiling.

  • Presently two handsome girls, with jimp raiment and fearless demeanour, came in and took possession of an adjacent table.

    Tales From Bohemia

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • She ran hastily into the house, and in a few moments reappeared in a bewitching riding-skirt gathered round her jimp waist.

  • How are they to know that the "jimp middle" of the ballads was in its jimpness in proportion to the shoulders?