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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who finds customers for a prostitute; a procurer.
  • intransitive v. To serve as a procurer of prostitutes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who solicits customers for prostitution and acts as manager for prostitutes; a panderer.
  • n. A man who can easily attract women.
  • v. To act as a procurer of prostitutes; to pander.
  • v. To prostitute someone.
  • v. To excessively customize something, especially a vehicle, according to ghetto standards (also pimp out).
  • v. To ask progressively harder and ultimately unanswerable questions of a resident or medical student (by a senior member of the medical staff).
  • v. To promote, to tout.
  • v. To persuade, smooth talk or trick another into doing something for your benefit.
  • adj. excellent, fashionable, stylish
  • n. five in Cumbrian and Welsh sheep counting

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who provides gratification for the lust of others; a procurer; a pander.
  • intransitive v. To procure women for the gratification of others' lusts; to pander.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To provide for others the means of gratifying lust; pander.
  • n. One who provides others with the means and opportunity of gratifying their lusts; a pander.
  • n. A small bavin. See the quotation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. arrange for sexual partners for others
  • n. someone who procures customers for whores (in England they call a pimp a ponce)

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(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • 5 in North of England sheep counting jargon. See yan

    September 26, 2008

  • I know the great: they reckon nothing upon the zeal and attachment of a real friend; but only care for pimping sycophants.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 1 ch. 15

    September 12, 2008

  • Another example of negative words being colloquially flipped on their heads for positive use. It's a strange phenomenon, but I'd say it's a bad one. And by bad I mean good. ;-)

    September 17, 2007