Pronunciation Noun

blimp (plural blimps)

  1. An airship constructed with a non-rigid lifting agent container.
    • 2004 February 16&23, The New Yorker:
      The Goodyear blimp over Giants Stadium
  2. (by extension) Any large airborne inflatable.
  3. (slang) An obese person.
  4. A person similar to the cartoon character Colonel Blimp; a pompous, reactionary British man.
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blimp (blimps, present participle blimping; past and past participle blimped)

  1. (slang, intransitive) To expand like a blimp or balloon; to become fat.
    After college, she started blimping and could no longer wear her favorite little black dress.
    Over a few years the software had blimped into typical bloatware.

blimp (plural blimps)

  1. A military middle class Englishman intolerant of others’ ideas.
    • 1941, George Orwell, The Lion and the Unicorn
      One was the military and imperialist middle class, generally nicknamed the Blimps, and the other the left-wing intelligentsia.

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