Main definitions of gimp in US English:

: gimp1gimp2

gimp1

noun

  • 1Twisted 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

/ɡimp//ɡɪmp/

Main definitions of gimp in US English:

: gimp1gimp2

gimp2

noun

North American
informal, derogatory
  • 1A physically handicapped or lame person.

    1. 1.1 A limp.
    2. 1.2 A feeble or contemptible person.

verb

North American
informal, derogatory
  • no object, with adverbial of direction Limp; hobble.

    ‘she gimped around thereafter on an artificial leg’

Origin

1920s: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

gimp

/ɡimp//ɡɪmp/