Definition of blimp in English:


Syllabification: blimp
Pronunciation: /blimp


1 informal A small nonrigid airship.
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  • Aerostats are packed to their fins with special radar payloads that would have mere hot air balloons, airships or blimps hissing with envy.
  • For unmanned aerial vehicles, though, inflatable wings are just the ticket, figures ILC Dover, a leading supplier of blimps and airships.
  • However, western detectives flatly dismissed reports that Government's airship, the blimp, and other sophisticated radar technology were responsible for the seizure.
1.1North American An obese person: I could work out four hours a day and still end up a blimp
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  • Remember the Poker Champion pictures where he was a real blimp? He looks great.
  • I was skinny just a year ago, but at the rate I'm going I'll be a real blimp soon!
  • Oh my God, hey, just jump back and make a little way for the blimp in the blue hat.
2 (also Colonel Blimp) British A pompous, reactionary type of person: no Colonel Blimp could have been more nationalistic
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  • Those who read Mr Cooper's article will discover that he is anything but a Colonel Blimp and that he does not have much in common with historical liberal imperialism either.
  • It is sad to find the editor of one of the few outlets in favour of radical change adopting the attitude, and language, of a Colonel Blimp.
  • It's depressingly like the cartoon of a Colonel Blimp character sitting in an armchair beneath the huge head of a white rhino, explaining that he ‘thought he'd better bag one fast in case this conservation business doesn't work out.’
3A soundproof cover for a movie camera.
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  • If your camera is disturbing the peace in court, on the golf course or any other venue where silence is golden, photojournalist Sam Cranston's US$125 Camera Muzzle sound blimp for pro film and digital SLR cameras may be for you.
  • The Nikon CS-13 Blimp Case is a black imitation leather case made to hold a Nikon camera with a motor drive and a lens attached.
  • I've heard a rumor that at some point a blimp was made for this camera, but I've had no luck finding one.


World War I (sense 1): of uncertain origin. sense 2 derives from the character invented by cartoonist David Low (1891–1963), used in anti-German or antigovernment drawings before and during World War II.



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  • But all the hot air served was to point up the hyper-inflation football elite's smug self-importance and, at the same time, demonstrate what a blimpish dirigible of bluster FIFA's chief Sepp Blatter truly is.
  • But for sheer blimpish offensiveness nothing compares with his remarks about a father who forgave the killers of his daughter who was murdered during the Enniskillen Cenotaph bombing.
  • Over the past decade, however, under the blimpish leadership of Brian McMaster, the visual arts have been progressively sidelined.

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