What does Gimp mean?

Gimp is a word, originally referring to a tape like trimming of a fine material, such as silk, velvet or wool.

In it more recent application, though the term is applied as a pejorative word for disabled people, or people who are walking with a limp.

The newest meaning of “gimp” however, comes from the 1994 Tarantino film, Pulp Fiction, in which the “gimp” was a sex slave, dressed in a black latex suit from head to toe.


What's the origin of Gimp?

The word “gimp” started its career as a slang term in the early 1900’s, as an offensive phrase for people walking with a limp.

In the rest of the century, the meaning of the expression grew to include every person with a physical disability.

Spread & Usage

How did Gimp spread?

The expression broke through to the mainstream in 1994, when the third movie of Quentin Tarantino was aired, with the title Pulp Fiction.

In one of the scenes of the motion picture, two of the characters are taken hostage by a shop owner, who keeps a sex slave, dressed in all leather suit.

The BDSM submissive is referred to in the movie as the “Gimp”.

Urban Dictionary users had uploaded definitions on the subject since the early 2000’s.

External resources

  • Urban Dictionary – Gimp

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