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Slang

pimp (2) | pimp out

This page is about the slang term pimp (2) | pimp out

American English

Meaning

to customize or renovate something; to make something flashier or more appealing

For example

  • Hey, check it out! Jay's pimped his car. Let's get him to take us for a ride.

  • I'm gonna pimp out my room in college. I'll get a coupla lamps and some pix and some other stuff to make it look cool.

Origin: This new meaning of the verb "to pimp" first appeared as part of black American slang in the eighties and nineties, and then became more widely-known after its use in MTV's car-detailing show "Pimp My Ride".

Variety

This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

If Bobby's going to pimp his car, he's going to

a. rent it out

b. customize it

c. sell it

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Contributor: Matt Errey