1mass 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(in lacemaking) coarser thread which forms the outline of the design in some techniques.‘Use gimp - zigzag stitched in place - to frame it.’
- 1.1(in lacemaking) coarser thread which forms the outline of the design in some techniques.
2Fishing line made of silk bound with wire.
Mid 17th century from Dutch, of unknown ultimate origin.
1A physically disabled or lame person.
- 1.1A limp.
2A feeble or contemptible person.
verbinformal, derogatory no object, with adverbial of direction
Limp; hobble.‘I gimped over to the door’
1920s of unknown origin.