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Etymology 1[edit]

Origin unknown. Perhaps from Middle French pimpant (smart, sparkish) or German Pimpf.


pimp (plural pimps)

  1. A man who solicits customers for prostitution and acts as manager for a group of prostitutes; a panderer.
  2. (African American Vernacular slang) A man who can easily attract women.
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pimp (third-person singular simple present pimps, present participle pimping, simple past and past participle pimped)

  1. (intransitive) To act as a procurer of prostitutes; to pander.
  2. (transitive) To prostitute someone.
    The smooth-talking, tall man with heavy gold bracelets claimed he could pimp anyone.
  3. (transitive, US, African American Vernacular) To excessively customize something, especially a vehicle, according to ghetto standards (also pimp out).
    You pimped out that AC f'real, dawg.
  4. (transitive, medicine, slang) To ask progressively harder and ultimately unanswerable questions of a resident or medical student (said of a senior member of the medical staff).
    • 2004, Robert A. Blume, Arthur W. Combs, The Continuing American Revolution: A Psychological Perspective, page 183
      Only an attending physician can pimp a chief resident; the chief resident and attending can pimp a junior resident; they all three can pimp an intern.
  5. (transitive, US, slang) To promote, to tout.
    I gotta show you this sweet website where you can pimp your blog and get more readers.
  6. (slang) To persuade, smooth talk or trick another into doing something for your benefit.
    I pimped her out of $2,000 and she paid for the entire stay at the Bahamas.
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  1. (slang) excellent, fashionable, stylish

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Etymology 2[edit]

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From Celtic numerals. Cognate with Welsh pump, Cornish pymp



  1. (Cumbrian and Old Welsh dialects) five in Cumbrian and Welsh sheep counting
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  • Wright, Peter (1995) Cumbrian Chat, Dalesman Publishing Company, ISBN 185-568-092-0, page 7
  • Deakin, Michael A.B. (2007), Leigh-Lancaster, David, editor, The Name of the Number[1], Australian Council for Educational Research, ISBN 0864317573, page 75
  • Varvogli, Aliki (2002) Annie Proulx's The Shipping News: A Reader's Guide[2], Continuum International Publishing Group, ISBN 0826452337, pages 24-25