1Twisted silk, worsted, or cotton with cord or wire running through it, used chiefly as upholstery trimming.
- To stabilize a buttonhole, cord it with buttonhole twist, gimp or elastic thread.
- They reproduced on a handloom the intricate silk gimps, braids, and tassels needed for the Swan suite.
Mid 17th century: from Dutch, of unknown ultimate origin.
Words that rhyme with gimpblimp, chimp, crimp, imp, limp, pimp, primp, scrimp, shrimp, simp, skimp, wimp
North American informal , derogatory
1A physically handicapped or lame person.
- He just found the smallest skateboard he could and stuck it down the back of his right pant leg and proceeded to hobble out of the store as if he were a child gimp.
- I was having twinges of it before, but yesterday during my overnight shift it was a lot worse - I was hobbling around like a gimp for most of the night.
- The bill isn't about avoiding obviously and egregiously offensive terminology like gimp and crip.
1.2A feeble or contemptible person.
- ‘You need to be firmer with them,’ she said, ‘you silly spineless gimp.’
- I just don't know who to feel sorrier for - the author, or the poor gimps who think it's worth responding to.
- I hate that smirking, gormless gimp and his inane, clueless questioning.
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Limp; hobble: she gimped around thereafter on an artificial leg
More example sentences
- I had suffered a high ankle sprain near the end of the regular season, and I was really gimping around in the championship game.
- I frowned as he gimped onto the bus; that leg was a mystery.
- Sam gimped over to the table, shutting the top of his monitor with a click before picking it back up and hobbling back to settle next to Jackson.
1920s (originally US): of unknown origin.
- Example sentences
- Indeed, one character disintegrates so precipitously that what began as a ambling character sketch ends as a farce with a gimpy leg.
- He is struggling with a gimpy knee that probably will need offseason surgery, and he has almost as many drops as catches.
- He's all tall and gimpy and has a fast-receding hairline.
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