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gimp 1

Pronunciation: /ɡimp/

noun

1Twisted silk, worsted, or cotton with cord or wire running through it, used chiefly as upholstery trimming.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1(In lacemaking) coarser thread that forms the outline of the design in some techniques.
Example sentences
  • Use gimp - zigzag stitched in place - to frame it.
2Fishing line made of silk bound with wire.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Dutch, of unknown ultimate origin.

Words that rhyme with gimp

blimp, chimp, crimp, imp, limp, pimp, primp, scrimp, shrimp, simp, skimp, wimp

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Syllabification: gimp

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gimp 2

Pronunciation: /ɡimp/
North American informal, derogatory

noun

1A physically handicapped or lame person.
1.1A limp.
1.2A feeble or contemptible person.

verb

[no object]
Limp; hobble: she gimped around thereafter on an artificial leg

Derivatives

gimpy

adjective

Origin

1920s (originally US): of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: gimp

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