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Syllabification: gimp


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.


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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gimp 2 Syllabification: gimp
North American informal, derogatory


1A physically handicapped or lame person.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1A limp.
Example sentences
  • He walked with a strange gimp and carried a cane with him for stability.
  • I was with the army a few years back, but had to leave due to a gimp in my leg.
  • Well, Kelly the Pooch was back on all fours despite a gimp in one of his hind legs.
1.2A feeble or contemptible person.
Example sentences
  • ‘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
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  • 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.


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.


1920s (originally US): of unknown origin.

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