Main definitions of gimp in English

: gimp1gimp2

gimp1

(also gymp, guimp)

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Twisted silk, worsted, or cotton with cord or wire running through it, used chiefly as upholstery trimming.

    • ‘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. 1.1(in lacemaking) coarser thread which forms the outline of the design in some techniques.
      • ‘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.

Pronunciation:

gimp

/ɡɪmp/

Main definitions of gimp in English

: gimp1gimp2

gimp2

noun

North american
derogatory, informal
  • 1A physically disabled or lame person.

    1. 1.1A limp.
  • 2A feeble or contemptible person.

verb

[NO OBJECT]North american
informal, derogatory
  • Limp; hobble.

    ‘I gimped over to the door’

Origin

1920s: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

gimp

/ɡɪmp/