Gimp definition

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A narrow flat braid or rounded cord of fabric used for trimming.
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Spirit; pep.
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(slang) A lame person.
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A limp or a limping gait.
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A ribbonlike, braided fabric, sometimes stiffened with wire, used to trim garments, furniture, etc.
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(old, slang) Fighting spirit; vigor.
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The definition of gimp is braided fabric that is used for edging or upholstery, or is slang for a limp.

An example of gimp is bunched cotton with a wire cord that is used to finish draperies.

An example of a gimp is an offensive term for a handicapped person with only one fully-functioning leg.

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Gimp is defined as to limp or hobble.

When you broke your leg and hobble around on crutches, this is an example of a time when you gimp around.

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(often offensive) A person who limps.
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To walk with a limp.
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(informal) A halting, lame walk.
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(informal) To limp.
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A narrow ornamental fabric or braid of silk, wool, or cotton, often stiffened with metallic wire or coarse cord running through it, used as trimming for dresses, curtains, furniture, etc. Also guimpe.
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Any coarse or reinforced thread, such as a glazed thread employed in lacemaking to outline designs, or silk thread used as a fishing leader, protected from the bite of fish by a wrapping of fine wire.
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The plastic cord used in the plaiting and knotting craft Scoubidou (lanyard making); or, the process itself.
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(dated, chiefly North Eastern US) Gumption; spirit; ambition; vigor; pep.
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(of yarn, cord, thread, etc.) To wrap or wind (surround) with another length of yarn or wire in a tight spiral, often by means of a gimping machine, creating gimped yarn, etc. Also, generally, to wrap or twist with string or wire. See gimped.
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(dated) To notch or indent; to jag or make jagged; to edge with serrations or grooves.
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(informal) A person who is lame due to a crippling of the legs or feet.
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(informal) A crippled leg.
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(informal) A limp or a limping gait.
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(slang, derogatory) A name-calling word, generally for a person who is perceived to be inept, deficient or peculiar.
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(BDSM) A sexual submissive, almost always male, dressed generally in a black leather suit.
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(informal) To limp; to hobble.
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(dated, Scotland and N England) Neat; trim; delicate; slender; handsome; spruce; elegant.
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The GNU Image Manipulation Program, a computer program capable of manipulating digital images.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gimp
Plural:
gimps

Origin of gimp

  • Perhaps from French guimpe guimpe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The regional sense of "gumption" is attested since about 1905, and may have developed due to the reinforced nature of gimp cord, or possibly the influence of the words gumption and gumph.

    From Wiktionary

  • Attested since about 1660, perhaps from Dutch gimp or French guimpe, and likely from Old French guimpre, a variant of guipure, a kind of trimming.

    From Wiktionary

  • Scots. Alternate form of jimp. Compare Welsh gwymp (“fair, neat, comely”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Attested in US slang since the 1920s. Maybe influenced by, or cognate with limp.

    From Wiktionary