verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- pimento cheese,
- pimp up,
- pimple copper
Origin of pimp
Examples from the Web for pimp
Amirpour sees the pimp as a liberator rather than a predator.The Punk Behind Iran's Only Vampire Spaghetti Western-Style Love Story|Melissa Leon|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Clarence ends up killing the pimp, and instead of taking her clothes, walks away with a briefcase full of cocaine.Most Overlooked Romance Films for Valentine’s Day Weekend: ‘True Romance,’ ‘His Girl Friday,’ More|Marlow Stern|February 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Would it have been better if I had a song that said, ‘I am a gangster’ or ‘I am a pimp’?The 16 Most Batsh*t Moments in Kanye West’s Radio 1 Interview|Nico Hines|September 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
New trailer drops for Fading Gigalo in which John Turturro is a male hooker and Woody Allen is his pimp.Christian Bale Offered $50 Million for Batman, Woody Allen Plays a Pimp|Culture Team|August 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Said pimp and Nick Cannon have a Zoolander style “walk-off” to prove who is sexiest.Kanye West, John Legend & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)|Victoria Kezra|August 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He had been directed to it by a pimp, who found regular employment in hanging about the docks and decoying new-comers to this den.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales|Arthur Conan Doyle
Perhaps that pimp and charlatan won't come with me to the Royal Court.The Gegence; A Comedy Ballet in the Nahuatl-Spanish Dialect of Nicaragua|Daniel G. Brinton
The Dhīmar often acts as a pimp, this being an incident of his profession of indoor servant.The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India|R. V. Russell
Mingling with my disgust for the tyrant and his pimp, there was another feeling that caused me acute pain.The Guerilla Chief|Mayne Reid
She lately moved from X 173 when X 174 (well known to investigator) was her pimp.Commercialized Prostitution in New York City|George Jackson Kneeland
Word Origin for pimp
Word Origin for pimp
c.1600, of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle French pimpant "alluring in dress, seductive," present participle of pimper "to dress elegantly" (16c.), from Old French pimpelorer, pipelorer "decorate, color, beautify." Weekley suggests Middle French pimpreneau, defined in Cotgrave (1611) as "a knave, rascall, varlet, scoundrell," but Liberman is against this.
Judging by such recorded meanings of pimp as 'helper in mines; servant in logging camps,' this word was originally applied to boys and servants. [Liberman]
The word also means "informer, stool pigeon" in Australia and New Zealand and in South Africa, where by early 1960s it existed in Swahili form impimpsi. Pimpmobile first recorded 1973 (six years before Popemobile).
PIMP. A male procurer, or cock bawd; also a small faggot used about London for lighting fires, named from introducing the fire to the coals. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
1630s (intransitive) "to act as a pimp," from pimp (n.). Related: Pimped; pimping.