Definition of pimp in English:



  • 1A man who controls prostitutes and arranges clients for them, taking a percentage of their earnings in return.

    • ‘Hanna soon begins to imitate Nana, a prostitute for an abusive pimp, and appropriates Nana's signature line ‘I am responsible.’’
    • ‘The others were forced into prostitution by pimps, small-time opportunists, and organized rings.’
    • ‘The location does have its drawbacks - there is a lot of prostitution in the vicinity of his building, and his sleep has been interrupted by loud arguments between pimps and prostitutes.’
    • ‘During peak periods, the red light district, located near Tanjung Priok sea port in North Jakarta, was home to 1,600 prostitutes and 260 pimps, occupying 221 brothels.’
    • ‘Government officials believe the radical step could help combat violent pimps and get prostitutes off Swindon's streets.’
    • ‘The show is set in a Hillbrow brothel called Wild Cats, and follows the lives of prostitutes, their pimp and the club's owner, a ruthless Nigerian called Christian Mubara.’
    • ‘At times, these closures have led to the arrest of the actors and actresses involved as pimps and prostitutes.’
    • ‘It is also a highly controlled public space: Money couriers and pimps preserve the safety and the prostitutes literally keep an eye out on the street.’
    • ‘The once affluent and peaceful area where well-to-families lived in large Victorian properties was now full of bed-sits and home to pimps, prostitutes and dealers.’
    • ‘They would record street sounds, talking pimps, junkies and prostitutes and create art videos.’
    • ‘She used to drive even prostitutes and their pimps to clients but, as she says, ‘now they have got rich and have their own cars, and do not hire taxis any more’.’
    • ‘Roaming the streets along with him were numerous pimps, prostitutes, and others who were ‘looking for a good time.’’
    • ‘A pimp's bottom girl or wife-in-law often worked the track in his stead, running interference for and collecting money from the pimp's other prostitutes.’
    • ‘Next, a businessman from Alberta Avenue, Edmonton's most notorious stroll, tells the group about watching a pimp beat a prostitute in his parking lot.’
    • ‘Now, if every prostitute who fears her pimp is a sex slave, then under Landesman's definition, most American prostitutes are sex slaves!’
    • ‘Prostitutes should sue pimps under the 13th Amendment, which prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude, MacKinnon suggests.’
    • ‘You know, young men and young women thinking ‘I can become a stripper, a prostitute or a pimp and have an easy life’ and didn't know the reality of that life.’
    • ‘Immigration police arrested 16 illegal Cambodian immigrants and 2 Thai drug addicts who were working as pimps, controlling four under-age prostitutes.’
    • ‘In addition to the vernaculars of her own blood kin, Oreo can also claim fluency in the salty street talk of hustlers, pimps, and prostitutes, as well as the obscure erudition of cranky scholars.’
    • ‘The reasons include objections from residents and the zones becoming overcrowded, as they can act as a magnet for prostitutes, pimps, clients and drug dealers from other areas.’
    procurer, procuress
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  • 2Australian informal A telltale or informer.

    • ‘But he was put in a cell with two Hollywood labour leader pimps.’
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  • 1often as noun pimpingno object Act as a pimp.

    ‘vice crimes like drug trafficking and pimping’
    • ‘The game has players engage in pimping, whoring, selling drugs and committing acts of violence to move around the board.’
    • ‘I have to go right back almost to slavery to think of anything more exploitative than what we are proposing to do in this bill in terms of brothel keeping, pimping, and procuring.’
    • ‘Will more young girls and women turn to sex work as a way out, and will more men try to use pimping as a way in, because it's more likely that they won't get caught?’
    • ‘But, worldwide, millions - billions - of dollars are made out of prostitution, and I believe that this bill is about the opportunity to increase the profit for pimping and for brothel keeping.’
    • ‘I'm sorry Emily, but in my eyes all ‘Mail Order Bride’ services can be likened to pimping.’
    • ‘If the album does not sell, the band may be forced into pimping, hustling, and drug dealing.’
    • ‘Every year, when the scorching sun divests them of water for months on end, the men turn to pimping rather than toil in the wooden fields.’
    • ‘This evidently whetted his appetite for pimping.’
    • ‘If you're prepared to suspend disbelief as regards the terms and conditions of whoring and pimping in downtown Memphis, this film has a lot of charm.’
    • ‘Off-time, he calls himself Pretty Bobby and wanders the streets in sharp suits pimping and running errands for friendly neighbourhood whores.’
    • ‘There are enormous differences between the type and numbers of women working in the two cities, and in the patterns of drug use, pimping and off-street trade.’
    • ‘The detective said the business ‘flopped’ once locals heard that the man was involved in pimping.’
    • ‘Grigorov had spent time in jail for illegal possession of firearms and had pending court cases for robbery, blackmailing and pimping.’
    • ‘He attended the local school infrequently, as he had begun to make a reasonable living by pimping for his three teenage sisters.’
    • ‘Instead, it is about the decriminalisation of the peripheral businesses surrounding prostitution - such things as pimping, brothel keeping, trafficking in young women, and drugs.’
    • ‘To be honest, I like the Heath who was caring, affectionate and down to earth, more than the Heath who was pimping practically every girl he came across.’
    • ‘Christopher will be back swearing, pimping, robbing convenience stores and peddling drugs within days.’
    • ‘‘Just about every hip-hop song has a reference to pimping,’ protests Lloyd.’
    • ‘After Liberation in 1949, with the rectification and reorganization of the social order, the practice of streetwalking, pimping and whore-mongering was ordered eliminated.’
    • ‘You'd think that maybe after you'd sold a few books things might get easier, but let me tell you, writing, like pimping, ain't easy’
    1. 1.1with object Provide (someone) as a prostitute.
      ‘Joe pimped her to his customers’
      • ‘Governments instead of pimping their people to unscrupulous predators should only encourage companies who commit to raising the quality of life of their citizens.’
      • ‘He became seriously addicted to heroin, taking to writing porn and eventually pimping his wife to pay for his habit.’
      • ‘After more multiple rapes stretched over several weeks, he took her to a nightclub to pimp her - and she saw her moment for escape.’
      • ‘His father is American, a vicious abuser who beats and pimps both his wife, Betty, and his son.’
      • ‘The owner also pimps the boys out, but they don't seem to mind.’
      • ‘She was pimping me out like I was some kind of whore, and there was nothing I could do about it.’
      • ‘I reminded him bluntly about his reaction last week to the comments of the man who used to pimp him, and I elicited tears.’
      • ‘One of the Cuban band joins me outside in my quest to pimp customers, and gives me a sip of wine.’
      • ‘Lloyd says the act of girls pimping girls is in fact probably very rare.’
      • ‘When they stick in those perfume insert things, how come they always smell the same, no matter what fragrance they're trying to pimp you?’
      • ‘Just when you think things can't get any worse, Chloe gets mixed up with a couple of likely lads, who try to pimp her as a child prostitute, and then Kelly too abandons her.’
      • ‘He finds himself drawn into the life of a street prostitute and a nymphet whose father pimps her from his costume shop.’
      • ‘We also know when someone is trying to pimp us for money, too.’
      • ‘Well, if the American Dream involves pimping your wife on the Web, then I reckon he's right about that.’
      • ‘The queen of reggae takes no hostages in defining the beauty as raised to pimp men with money.’
      • ‘At one point she pimps a young girl to a local pervert to get money for electricity.’
      • ‘‘Very good for you,’ says Luc, a 12-year-old Vietnamese boy pimping girls no older than he is.’
      • ‘For the past few years, I have eagerly anticipated the chance, even trying to pimp copies from people I know who may have been connected to the project.’
      • ‘This would have been just as much of a scandal if he was pimping women.’
      • ‘In her increasingly desperate attempts to survive, Leigh-Anne ends up pimping a local girl out to a pervert for £20 to spend on fresh milk and candles.’
    2. 1.2informal with object Sell or promote (something) in an extravagant or persistent way.
      ‘he pimped their debut album to all the staff writers at NME’
      • ‘These videos were clips of a recruiter sitting in his office pimping the job with a modest amount of preparation.’
      • ‘Only a little while ago, Andreas shamelessly pimped his company on my website without asking me first.’
      • ‘He will not give up decent contract wage hikes while pimping the Olympics and that infernal stadium.’
      • ‘Are we in Scotland forever to give up a true artistic representation of our country so we can pimp our wares to an American market?’
      • ‘I explained that I was voting for Angelyne and then pimped my own site!’
      • ‘You might wish to keep this in mind next time you see one of the interminable infomercials pimping the stretchy arts of this dirty old man.’
      • ‘We didn't have the county's redevelopment poobah, pimping some blighted acres that might be profitably used as a Wal-Mart site.’
      • ‘And governments instead of pimping their people to unscrupulous predators should only encourage companies who commit to raising the quality of life of their citizens.’
      • ‘Someone tell me how to pimp my writing overseas!’
      • ‘Quiksilver pimps their newest creation, the "Cell" wetsuit.’
      • ‘If I can pimp this right, there should be a fair few mainstream media types in attendance as well.’
      • ‘I'll pimp Visual Assist too.’
  • 2informal with object Make (something) more showy or impressive.

    ‘he pimped up the car with spoilers and twin-spoke 18-inch alloys’
  • 3pimp onAustralian informal no object Inform on.

    ‘they'd pimp on you as soon as look at you’
    • ‘It's the same way that studios and producers and talent pimp on another by leaking information.’
    • ‘They will make sure that if they come across something that has heritage value, it will not be there by the time someone is around to pimp on them.’
    • ‘He shouted to the doctor, ‘And how many thousands of dollars did he get in his Swiss bank accounts by pimping on the Palestinian cause?’’
    • ‘So a man or woman can seek out a young, attractive woman, and encourage, persuade, and lure her to allow that man or woman to pimp on her life and have the opportunity to make money out of selling her body.’
    • ‘You've probably seen this elliptical exercise equipment being pimped on infomercials.’
    break one's promise to, be disloyal to, be unfaithful to, break faith with, play someone false, fail, let down
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Late 16th century: of unknown origin.