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  • IPA(key): /pɪmp/
  • Rhymes: -ɪmp
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Etymology 1[edit]

Origin unknown. Perhaps from French pimpant (smart, sparkish) or German Pimpf (boy, youth, young squirt). The Old English near-synonym was rendered by Old English forspennend (literally solicitor).


pimp (plural pimps)

  1. Someone who solicits customers for prostitution and acts as manager for a group of prostitutes; a pander.
    • 2006, Lily Allen, Iyiola Babalola, Darren Lewis, Tommy McCook (lyrics and music), “LDN”, in Alright, Still, performed by Lily Allen:
      A fella looking dapper / And he's sittin' with a slapper / Then I see it's a pimp / And his crack whore
  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, African-American Vernacular, slang) To excessively customize something, especially a vehicle (also pimp out).
    You pimped out that motorcycle 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. (US, 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]

English Wikipedia has an article on:

From Brythonic numerals, from Proto-Brythonic *pɨmp.

Cognate with Welsh pump, Cornish pymp, Breton pemp. Doublet of five, cinque, punch, and Pompeii.



  1. (Cumbria and Old Welsh) Five in Cumbrian and Welsh sheep counting.
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  • Wright, Peter (1995) Cumbrian Chat, Dalesman Publishing Company, →ISBN, page 7
  • Deakin, Michael A.B. (2007), Leigh-Lancaster, David, editor, The Name of the Number[1], Australian Council for Educational Research, →ISBN, retrieved 2008-05-17, page 75
  • Varvogli, Aliki (2002) Annie Proulx's The Shipping News: A Reader's Guide[2], Continuum International Publishing Group, →ISBN, retrieved 2008-05-17, pages 24-25