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1. A nonrigid, buoyant airship.
2. Derogatory An obese person.
v.intr. blimped, blimp·ing, blimps
Slang To become very fat. Often used with out: He's really blimped out since he got that desk job.

[Possibly imitative of the sound made by tapping the finger against the envelope of the airship.]


n. Chiefly British
A pompous, reactionary, ultranationalistic person.

[After Colonel Blimp, a cartoon character invented by David Low (1891-1963).]

Blimp′ish adj.
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highly conservative and nationalistic
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(ˈblɪm pɪʃ)

adj. (sometimes cap.)
pompously reactionary.
[1935–40; (Colonel) Blimp + -ish1]
blimp′ish•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.blimpish - pompously ultraconservative and nationalistic
conservative - resistant to change
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[ˈblɪmpɪʃ] ADJ (Brit) → reaccionario
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Promises will be made which will then shape Government policy, regardless of whether it is in the national interest.Whoever emerges victorious (spoiler, it will almost certainly be Johnson) will then be faced with the challenge of having to deliver on pledges made to this select group of Blimpish blowhards when in command of a working Commons majority of just five.
The elevation of business people to "leaders", whose views somehow soar above self-interest; the nose-wrinkling dismissal of messy politics; the blimpish disregard for even recent history -- all are present and shown as incorrect in Winners Take All.
I suspect too that he suffered at some stage at the hands of some Blimpish English superior, and was always expecting to be high-hatted by us; or perhaps he was ostracized when he first came here?
and on the other hand, a Colonel Blimpish sort of moral indignation." (42)
Seeking draconian punishment (Greek legislator Draco, 7th century BC, imposed the death penalty for minor offences) would be blimpish (Colonel Blimp was a pompous character in David Low cartoons in WW2) or perhaps chauvinist (Nicolas Chauvin, a notoriously patriotic supporter of Napoleon).
Ukip is in effect an English nationalist party whose Blimpish hierarchy provides a spectrum of right-wing bigotry and prejudice which at its extreme is on the same wavelength as the BNP or the English Defence League.
To bring it all up to date, I would like to propose a big cheer for the blimpish General Sir Nicholas Houghton, whose views on poppies and nuclear weapons have ruffled a few feathers.
Thatcher was made of sterner stuff than the blimpish Grocer, and eventually faced down Scargill and his troops.
It is difficult to imagine the pre-9/11 Hitchens forgetting himself to such an extent; and, to be fair, even Hitchens post-9/11 rarely sounds so Blimpish.
She recalls being taken to the Gezira Club by her nanny, and describes her father variously as "bookish" and "Blimpish." Her Italian mother put much of her energy into adopting the culture of her newly-acquired husband, eventually becoming "a thesaurus of Britishness."