AskDefine | Define gimp

Dictionary Definition

gimp n : disability of walking due to crippling of the legs or feet [syn: lameness, limping, gimpiness, gameness, claudication]

User Contributed Dictionary

see GIMP


Etymology 1

From guimpre, a variant of guipure, a kind of trimming.
  • Regional "gumption" sense possibly influenced by the reinforced nature of gimp cord, or possibly with influence from the words gumption and gumph.


  • /gɪmp/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪmp


  1. A narrow ornamental fabric of silk, wool, or cotton, often stiffened with metallic wire or coarse cord running through it, used as trimming for dresses, curtains, furniture, etc.
  2. The plastic cord used in the plaiting and knotting craft Scoubidou (lanyard making); or, the process itself.
  3. In the context of "fishing|dated": Silk thread, used as a fishing leader, protected from the bite of fish by a wrapping of fine wire.
  4. In the context of "chiefly NE US": spirit; ambition; vigor; pep; gumption.
    • 1898, Charles Frederick Wingate, What Shall Our Boys Do for a Living?, p255
      Love them and encourage them, but put some 'gimp' into them.
    • 1915, Frederick Frye Rockwell, The Key to the Land: What a City Man Did with a Small Farm, p72
      You haven't got gimp enough to, any more than you could smash the rest of that pint, instead of swallowing it. You're a weakling...
    • 1924, Booth Tarkington, The Midlander, p219
      When people put a lot on what their folks used to do, it always means they haven't got gimp enough left to do anything themselves.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

US Slang, 1925. Maybe influenced by, or cognate with limp.


  • /gɪmp/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪmp


  1. A person who is lame due to a crippling of the legs or feet.
  2. A limp or a limping gait.
  3. A crippled leg.
  4. slang derogatory A name-calling word (cf. dweeb, nerd, geek, gump), generally for a person who is perceived to be inept or deficient.
  5. In the context of "BDSM|derogatory": A sexual submissive, almost always male, dressed generally in a black leather suit. See Gimp (sadomasochism) in Wikipedia.
Related terms


  1. To limp; to hobble.
  2. To notch; to indent; to jag.
    • 1890, Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer, How to Cook Vegetables, page 25
      They are prettier cut and gimped in the shape of wheels.
    • 1906, Thomas Ernest Herbert, Telegraphy: A Detailed Exposition of the Telegraph System of the British, page 438
      This active material consists of a tape of pure lead, which is gimped whilst cold with deep grooves and ridges...
    • 1906, George Dudley Aspinall Parr, Electrical Engineering: In Theory and Practice, page 421
      Each hole is filled by a rosette of pure lead made by rolling up lead strip or tape which has been gimped or corrugated.
    • 1978, John Geraint Jenkins, Traditional Country Craftsmen, page 232
      In some cases the leather has to be decorated with perforations while its edges may be serrated or gimped.
  3. (of yarn, cord, wire, etc.) To wrap or wind (surround) with another length of yarn or wire in a tight spiral, often by means of a gimping machine, creating gimped yarn, etc. Also, generally, to wrap or twist with string or wire. See gimped.
    • 1856, Campbell Morfit, A Treatise on Chemistry Applied to the Manufacture of Soap and Candles, page 435 with illustration
      It consists of seventy fine spun cotton threads, gimped or tied around with thread by a machine similar to that for wrapping bonnet wire.
    • 1982, Robert Donington, Music and Its Instruments, page 69
      ...low strings later than the mid-seventeenth century are commonly gimped (wound with fine wire on a moderate core) to allow sufficient tension without excessive mass or stiffness.

Etymology 3

Alternate form of jimp.


  • /dʒɪmp/
    Rhymes with: -ɪmp


  1. dated Scotland and N England neat; trim; delicate; slender; handsome; spruce; elegant.

Extensive Definition

danielle masters is a gimp
  • A gimp, a person with a limp or other physical disability in the legs, such as paraplegia; that person's limping gait; or, their affected limb.
  • gimp, a name-calling word (like dweeb, nerd, or geek) generally for a person who is perceived to be inept or deficient.
  • Gimp (thread), A narrow ornamental fabric often stiffened with metallic wire or coarse cord, used as decorative trimming for fabric. The name has also been applied to the plastic cord used in the plaiting and knotting craft Scoubidou.
  • gimp, a word used chiefly in the Northeastern US to mean "vigor, spirit, ambition, pep".
  • GIMP, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, an image editing program
  • Gimp (band), a punk band from New Jersey, United States
  • Gimp (computer role-playing games), a weak RPG character or ability, or the process of making a once powerful character or ability weaker
  • Gutenprint, a collection of printer drivers that was originally called Gimp-Print
  • Gimp (sadomasochism), a type of sexual submissive in BDSM
  • A mysterious character from the film Pulp Fiction
Gimps may refer to:
gimp in Hungarian: Gimp
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1