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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(in lacemaking) coarser thread that 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.
Mid 17th century: from Dutch, of unknown ultimate origin.
1A physically handicapped or lame person.
- 1.1A limp.
- 1.2A feeble or contemptible person.
- 1.1A limp.
verb[NO OBJECT]North American
Limp; hobble.‘she gimped around thereafter on an artificial leg’
1920s (originally US): of unknown origin.
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