Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Jimp, a. neat; handsome.

Word in the Wild: Jamaal, a jimp lad who is a favourite wherever he goes, is precise in his movements,  predictable in his habits, and generous with his time.

This word of Scotch or northern origin was introduced into English literature in the nineteenth century. According to the OED it can also mean slender, scanty, or barely there. Jimp has been compared to gim, meaning smart or spruce, and jump, meaning  precise or exact.

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