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pimp n : someone who procures customers for whores (in England they call a pimp a ponce) [syn: procurer, panderer, pander, pandar, fancy man, ponce] v : arrange for sexual partners for others [syn: pander, procure]

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Etymology 1



  1. A person who solicits customers for prostitution and acts as manager for prostitutes; a panderer.
  2. In the context of "African American Vernacular English|_|slang": A man who can easily attract women; a player/playa.
Derived terms
prostitution solicitor


  1. To act as a procurer of prostitutes; to pander.
  2. To prostitute someone.
    The smooth-talking, tall man with heavy gold bracelets claimed he could pimp anyone.
  3. To excessively customize something, especially a vehicle, according to ghetto standards.
    You pimped out that AC (air conditioner) f'real (for real), dawg.
  4. To ask progressively harder and ultimately unanswerable questions of a resident or medical student (by a senior member of the medical staff).
    • 2004, Robert A. Blume, Arthur W. Combs, The Continuing American Revolution: A Psychological Perspective, page 183
      Only an attending physician can pimp a chief resident; the chief resident and attending can pimp a junior resident; they all three can pimp an intern.
to act as procurer of prostitutes
  • Chinese: 拉皮条 (lāpítiáo)
  • Croatian: svodnik
  • Finnish: toimia sutenöörinä
  • Italian: pappone
  • Polish: alfons

Etymology 2

From numerals.

Cardinal number

  1. In the context of "Cumbrian and Old Welsh}}

Extensive Definition

A pimp finds and manages clients for prostitutes and engages them in prostitution (in brothels in most cases and some cases street prostitution) in order to profit from their earnings. Typically, a pimp will not force prostitutes to stay with him, although some have been known to be abusive in order to keep their prostitutes submissive or to maximize profits. A pimp may also offer to protect his prostitutes from rival pimps and prostitutes, or from abusive clients. He can also enable a prostitute to work in a particular area under his control. Pimping is illegal in many countries.
Most people who work managing prostitutes are men, but some women work in this capacity as well, though rarely in street prostitution. Women are rarely called pimps, as the word implies male dominance (see Pimps in Popular Culture below) - a woman who manages prostitutes is generally called a mamasan or a madam. (This should not be confused with the title of respect given to adult women in most English-speaking countries.)
Often , low level pimps will initially present themselves as lovers or father-figures to prostitutes (who may be run-aways or otherwise lack a family network) before introducing them to prostitution and perhaps drug addiction. This practice is called "turning out." The pimp-prostitute relationship can be abusive, with the pimp using psychological intimidation, manipulation and physical force to control the members in the "stable".

Pimp business in the United States of America

In 2004 two pimps were convicted in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and of violations of other criminal statutes. Both of the defendants appealed their convictions.
As to the business structure, at the top there is the pimp who runs the business. Below the pimp is the "Bottom Girl." She acts in a way like an office manager, keeping tabs on the "track" when the pimp is away, keeping the pimp appraised of the law enforcement activity, and collecting money from the prostitutes. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the term was commonly used to refer to informers. . A pimp can also mean "a despicable person". The term can also be applied to a person who is considered a ladies' man. In medical context, the verb also means "To ask (a student) a question for the purpose of testing his knowledge."


See also

  • American Pimp, a 1999 documentary by the Hughes Brothers consisting of first person interviews with people involved in the pimping lifestyle in the U.S.

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pimp in Arabic: قواد
pimp in Danish: Alfons (prostitution)
pimp in German: Zuhälter
pimp in Spanish: Proxenetismo
pimp in French: Proxénétisme
pimp in Italian: Lenocinio
pimp in Hebrew: סרסור
pimp in Lithuanian: Suteneris
pimp in Hungarian: Kitartottság
pimp in Dutch: Pooier
pimp in Norwegian: Hallik
pimp in Polish: Sutenerstwo
pimp in Portuguese: Proxenetismo
pimp in Russian: Сутенёр
pimp in Sicilian: Ruffianu (prustituzzioni)
pimp in Simple English: Pimp
pimp in Finnish: Sutenööri
pimp in Swedish: Hallick
pimp in Vietnamese: Má mì
pimp in Yiddish: פימפ
pimp in Chinese: 操控性工作者

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