pimp


pimp
{{11}}pimp (n.) c.1600, perhaps from M.Fr. pimper "to dress elegantly" (16c.), prp. of pimpant "alluring in dress, seductive." Weekley suggests M.Fr. pimpreneau, defined in Cotgrave (1611) as "a knave, rascall, varlet, scoundrell," but Liberman is against this.
Judging by such recorded meanings of pimp as 'helper in mines; servant in logging camps,' this word was originally applied to boys and servants. [Liberman]
The word also means "informer, stool pigeon" in Australia and New Zealand and in S.Africa, where by early 1960s it existed in Swahili form impimpsi. Pimpmobile first recorded 1973.
{{12}}pimp (v.) 1630s, from PIMP (Cf. pimp) (n.). Related: Pimped; pimping.

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  • pimp — [pimp] n. [prob. < or akin to MFr pimper, to allure, dress smartly] a man who is an agent for a prostitute or prostitutes and lives off their earnings; procurer vi. to act as a pimp …   English World dictionary

  • Pimp — Pimp, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pimped} (p[i^]mt; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. {Pimping}.] To procure women for the gratification of others lusts; to pander. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pimp — (p[i^]mp), n. [Cf. F. pimpant smart, sparkish; perh. akin to piper to pipe, formerly also, to excel. Cf. {Pipe}.] One who provides gratification for the lust of others; a procurer; a pander. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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