In the movie Hick the girl is in a car with a farmer, after a while something happens and the girl calls the man a gimp and the man gets really angry about it. What does it mean?

According to this site it would mean moron or idiot, but the man got really upset by being called that so I think it might be worse.

closed as off-topic by StoneyB, Edwin Ashworth, Barmar, Janus Bahs Jacquet, tchrist Feb 7 '17 at 0:51

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • Is the man disabled in any way? urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=gimp – Hank Feb 6 '17 at 20:19
  • Please tell us the exact quote. Without context, we cannot answer this question. – NVZ Feb 6 '17 at 20:24
  • 2
    @Jeff I appreciate it, but it's not necessary to answer officially. As it currently stands, this post is not only off-topic for lack of context (added in comments but not in post), but it's also available through commonly available resources. An answer is not needed. – Hank Feb 6 '17 at 20:55
  • 1
    I would not describe it as a "swearword"; though I'm hard pressed to characterise what are swearwords and what aren't. I think the difference is that a swearword is potentially offensive to anybody who hears it, whereas an epithet like that is primarily offensive only to the person it's applied to. Hmm. Haven't thought about this before. – Colin Fine Feb 6 '17 at 22:04
  • 1
    It's not a swear word in the sense of "fuck" or "shit", in that you wouldn't use the term to express your displeasure on having a flat tire or some such. It is offensive, however, when used to refer to a person with a disability. – Hot Licks Feb 6 '17 at 23:17

Gimp is someone who has a limp, an uneven walk due to a leg or hip problem. The 'swear word' part comes from using the word as a label and barking the word at someone. The word is not polite when referring to a third party, an insult when addressing some with a limp, because it is name calling.

Compare the tender Les Miserable lyric "He is only a boy" with ordering an adult man around by addressing him as "Boy."

  • Though it's most often used to refer to difficulty walking, the term might also be applied to someone with a disfigured arm or some other physical disability. – Hot Licks Feb 6 '17 at 23:14

It's not a swear word, exactly. It is a pejorative, meant to be insulting based on the person belonging to an undesirable group. Racial epithets fall in much the same category.

And yes, it means someone who is lame.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.