guimpe (gămp, gĭmp)
1. A blouse worn under a jumper.
2. A yoke insert for a low-necked dress.
3. A starched cloth covering the neck and shoulders as part of a nun's habit.
4. See gimp1.
[French, from Old French guimple, from Old High German wimpal; see weip- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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