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blimp Explained

blimp at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


blimp at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1916, of obscure origin, many claimants. "One of the weird coinages of the airmen." [Weekley] Common theory is that it is from designers' prototype nickname Type B-limp, in the sense of "without internal framework," as opposed to Type A-rigid. ///

Blimp at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

also Colonel Blimp n [C] BrE [Date: 1900-2000; Origin: Colonel Blimp, a cartoon character invented by David Low]// someone, especially an old man, with old-fashioned political ideas - used to show disapproval// -- Blimpish adj //

blimp at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] [Date: 1900-2000; Origin: Perhaps from 'Type B-limp', official name given to an airship without an inner frame]//
1 a small airship (=type of aircraft without wings) :
2 AmE spoken not polite an offensive word for a very fat person:

blimp at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

40 Moby Thesaurus words for "blimp":
Bourbon, Colonel Blimp, Graf Zeppelin, aerostat, airship, ballonet,
balloon, bloated aristocrat, captive balloon, diehard, dirigible,
dirigible balloon, dumpling, fatty, fuddy-duddy, gasbag, heavy,
heavyweight, hippo, lighter-than-air craft, lump, pilot balloon,
potbelly, reactionarist, reactionist, rigid airship, roly-poly,
royalist, sausage, semirigid airship, ship, stuffed shirt,
swagbelly, tub, tub of lard, tun, ultraconservative,
weather balloon, white, zeppelin

Blimp at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: any elderly pompous reactionary ultranationalistic person
(after the cartoon character created by Sir David Low)
[syn: {Colonel Blimp}]
2: a small nonrigid airship used for observation or as a
barrage balloon [syn: {sausage balloon}, {sausage}]

blimp at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » Blimp


Inter: wikipedi » a


Origin not entirely certain, however most historians believe that it is onomatopoeia for the sound a blimp makes when thumped.
Although there is some disagreement among historians, credit for coining the term is usually given to Lt. A.D. Conningham of the British Royal Navy in 1915.
There is an often repeated, but false, alternative explanation for the term. The erroneous story is that at some time in the early 20th century, the United States military had two classes for airships: Type A-rigid and Type B-limp, hence “blimp”. In fact,
: “there was no American ‘A-class’ of airships as such—all military aircraft, heavier or lighter-than-air were designated with ‘A’ until the appearance of B-class airships in May 1917. There was an American B airship—but there seems to be no record of any official designation of non-rigids as ‘limp’. Further, according to the Oxford Dictionary, the first appearance of the word in print was in 1916, in England, a year before the first B-class airship.” (“Etymology of ‘Blimp’” by Dr. A. D. Topping, AAHS Journal, Winter 1963.)


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /blɪmp/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /blImp/
  • Inter: rhymes » ɪmp


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • An airship constructed with a non-rigid lifting agent container.
    1. 2004, Category: w - :The New Yorker|The New Yorker, 16 & 23 Feb 2004
    2. : The Goodyear blimp over Giants Stadium
    3. Inter: slan » g An obese person.
    4. A person similar to the cartoon character Colonel Blimp; a pompous, reactionary British man.


      * barrage balloon

  • Gossage

    Derived terms

    * Blimp
  • blimpish


    Inter: trans-top » airship
  • Arabic: Inter: Arab » منطاد ذو محرك Inter: IPAchar » (munʈād ðo muħárrik)
  • Bulgarian: въздушен кораб
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|軟式小型飛船|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|软式小型飞船|tr=ruǎnshìxiǎoxíngfēichuán|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|neztužená vzducholoď|f
  • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|blimp, Inter: qualifier » colloquially Inter: t+ » nl|zeppelin|m
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|ilmalaiva
  • French: Inter: t- » fr|ballon dirigeable|m, Inter: t+ » fr|dirigeable|m
  • German: Inter: t- » de|Prallluftschiff|n
  • Hebrew: Inter: t+ » he|ספינת אוויר|tr=sfinat avir

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|léghajó
    • Italian: Inter: t- » it|dirigibile floscio|m
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|飛行船|tr=ひこうせん, hikōsen, Inter: t- » ja|軟式飛行船|tr=なんしきひこうせん, nanshiki hikōsen|sc=Jpan
    • Korean: Inter: t- » ko|소형 연식 비행선|tr=sohyeong yeonsig bihaengseon|sc=Kore
    • Polish: sterowiec ciśnieniowy
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|dirigível|m
    • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|мягкий дирижабль|m|tr=mjáxkij dirižáblʹ|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|дирижабль|m|tr=dirižáblʹ|sc=Cyrl
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|dirigible|m
    • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|blimp

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-ver » b
  • To expand like a blimp or balloon; to become fat.
    1. : After college, she started blimping and could no longer wear her favorite little black dress.


      * blimp out


      Inter: trans-top » become fat

  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|opblazen, Inter: t- » nl|verdikken

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m

    See also

    * airship
    • balloon
    • dirigible
    • zeppelin, Zeppelin

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    Blimp at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » blimp



    From the cartoon character Colonel Blimp, created by Category: w - :David Low (cartoonist)|Sir David Low (1891–1963).


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • A military middle class Englishman intolerant of others’ ideas.
    1. 1941, Category: w - :George Orwell|George Orwell, Category: s:The Lion and the Unicorn - : Socialism and the English Genius/Part I|The Lion and the Unicorn
    2. : One was the military and imperialist middle class, generally nicknamed the Blimps, and the other the left-wing intelligentsia.

    Category: Category:English eponyms -
    Translation: et » Blimp
    Translation: ru » Blimp