Guimpe Definition

gămp, gĭmp
A blouse worn under a pinafore or jumper.
Webster's New World
A yoke insert for a low-necked dress.
American Heritage
A wide piece of cloth used in some nuns' habits to cover the neck and shoulders.
Webster's New World

Gimp; a narrow flat braid or reinforced cord of fabric used for ornamental trimming.


Origin of Guimpe

  • From French guimpe, from Middle French guimpe, from Old French guimple (“wimple”), from Old Frankish *wimpil, *wimpila (“head scarf”), from Proto-Germanic *wimpilaz, from Proto-Germanic *wīpaną ("to wind, sling, garland, swing"; from Proto-Indo-European *wimb-, *weib- (“to turn, rotate”)) + Proto-Germanic *-ilaz (instrumental suffix). Cognate with Old High German wimpal and winfila (“head scarf”), Middle Dutch wumpel (“cap”), Old English wimpel, winpel (“wimple”), Old Norse vimpill (“hood, veil”). Also influenced by Old French guimpre (“a kind of trimming”), from the same Germanic source. More at wimple.

    From Wiktionary

  • French from Old French guimple from Old High German wimpal weip- in Indo-European roots

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

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