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"The Gimp" in the film Pulp Fiction[wp] (1994)

The english Wiktionary[wp] explains the term gimp as follow:

Quote: «Etymology 2
Attested in US slang since the 1920s. Maybe influenced by, or cognate with limp[wp].
  • IPA: /ɡɪmp/
  • Rhymes: -ɪmp
gimp ‎(plural gimps)
  1. (informal) A person who is lame[wikt] due to a crippling of the legs or feet.
  2. (informal) A crippled leg.
  3. (informal) A limp or a limping gait.
    • 1934, Damon Runyon, Madame La Gimp [1]
      She walks with a gimp in one leg, which is why she is called Madame La Gimp...
    • 1934, Damon Runyon, What, No Butler? [2]
      ...Flat-wheel Walter...who is called by this name because he walks with a gimp on one side...
  4. (slang, derogatory) A name-calling word, generally for a person who is perceived to be inept, deficient or peculiar
  5. (BDSM) A sexual submissive, almost always male, dressed generally in a black leather suit.
(person who is lame[wikt]): cripple[wikt], disabled[wikt] (person)
(derogatory term for inept, outcast or odd person): dweeb, nerd, geek, gump, spod, dork»[1]

The english Wiktionary explains the term gimpy as follow:

Quote: «gimpy ‎(comparative gimpier, superlative gimpiest)
  1. limping, lame, with crippled legs.
  2. exhibiting deficiencies associated with the derogatory term "gimp", such as might inspire discomfort or revulsion
    One of the kittens has a gimpy eye.»[2]

Wipipedia explains the term gimp as follow:

Quote: «A gimp is a sex slave or submissive, usually male. Such a person may be forced to wear a gimp suit.

The use of the term gimp to mean a submissive seems to have originated with the 1994 film Pulp Fiction[wp] directed by Quentin Tarantino[wp], in which there was a character referred to as the Gimp and use of the phrase "bring out the gimp". Interestingly, the term is rarely used by members of the BDSM community and is only really used by the wider non-SM community to mean a sex slave. The word gimp does have a much longer history of being used as a pejorative term for a person with a limp[wp]. It has been suggested in an Informed Consent[wipi] forum that the phrase "bring out the gimp" was originally intended by the director as a slightly shocking term of general abuse (like calling someone a spastic). This was then misinterpreted by the audience as meaning a sex slave because the character was wearing a zipped hood. The phrase gimp mask, meaning a mask that blocks the eyes and/or prevents speech, also has these connotations of disability.»[3]

Wikipedia describes the plot of the movie Pulp Fiction[wp] so:

Quote: «As Butch waits at a traffic light in his car, Marsellus walks by and recognizes him. Marsellus chases him into a pawnshop. The owner, Maynard, captures them at gunpoint and ties them up in a basement. Maynard is joined by Zed, a security guard; they take Marsellus to another room to rape him, leaving a silent figure in a bondage suit, "the gimp", to watch Butch.

Butch breaks loose and knocks out the gimp. He is about to flee, but decides to save Marsellus.»[4]

The english Wiktionary explains the term gimp suit as follow:

Quote: «gimp suit ‎(plural gimp suits)
  1. (informal) bondage suit»[5]


In the film Pulp Fiction[wp], two homosexuals have kidnapped a man and imprisoned him as a sex slave in a dungeon in a domestic cellar. The prisoner has a walking disability and the film reveals whether he had this affliction even before his abduction or whether it is a result of the ill-treatment suffered.

American BDSM enthusiasts saw the film Pulp Fiction and were so enthusiastic about the slave scene with the leather mask and the full body suit that they took over the label for the film victim "The Gimp" for themselves.

In any case, the term "The Gimp" refers to the physical affliction of the victim and not to his situation of enslavement. This did not prevent the American BDSM enthusiasts, however, to call in their subculture the person gimp, which takes on the role of male sex slaves and apply this term to the slave mask (gimp mask) and the full body suit (gimp suit).


  1. From Wiktionary: gimp, Version of July 1, 2013
  2. From Wiktionary: gimpy, Version of November 28, 2011
  3. From Wipipedia: Gimp, Version of November 27, 2009
  4. From Wikipedia: Pulp Fiction, Version of November 14, 2016
  5. From Wiktionary: gimp suit, Version of October 28, 2011

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