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Nov 29, 2013
This week's theme
Words that arose from cartoons

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curate's egg
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McCarthyism
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blimp

Colonel Blimp
Colonel Blimp
Cartoon: David Low

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blimp

PRONUNCIATION:
(blimp)

MEANING:
noun: A pompous reactionary with out-of-date views.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Colonel Blimp, a cartoon character created by David Low (1891-1963). Blimp was a satirical look at the self-important and ultra-nationalistic attitudes of officials in the British army and government. Earliest documented use: 1934.

USAGE:
"Yet, far from being a blimp, Charles Napier was one of the most impressive and intelligent individuals the British armed forces have ever produced."
Frank McLynn; The Road Not Taken; Random House; 2012.

See more usage examples of blimp in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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