[ pimp ]
/ pɪmp /


a person, especially a man, who solicits customers for a prostitute or a brothel, usually in return for a share of the earnings; pander; procurer.
a despicable person.
Australia and New Zealand. an informer; stool pigeon.

verb (used without object)

to act as a pimp.

verb (used with object)

to act as a pimp for.
to exploit.

Nearby words

  1. pimento,
  2. pimento cheese,
  3. pimentón,
  4. pimiento,
  5. pimola,
  6. pimp up,
  7. pimpernel,
  8. pimping,
  9. pimple,
  10. pimple copper

Origin of pimp

First recorded in 1630–40; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for pimp


/ (pɪmp) /


a man who solicits for a prostitute or brothel and lives off the earnings
a man who procures sexual gratification for another; procurer; pander


(intr) to act as a pimp
(tr) slang to adapt or embellish in an ostentatious manner

Word Origin for pimp

C17: of unknown origin


a spy or informer


(intr often foll by on) to inform (on)

Word Origin for pimp

of unknown origin

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