- to walk with a labored, jerky movement, as when lame.
- to proceed in a lame, faltering, or labored manner: His writing limps from one cliché to another. The old car limped along.
- to progress slowly and with great difficulty; make little or no advance: an economy that limps along at a level just above total bankruptcy.
- a lame movement or gait: The accident left him with a slight limp.
Origin of limp1
- lacking stiffness or firmness, as of substance, fiber, structure, or bodily frame: a limp body.
- lacking vitality; weary; tired; fatigued: Limp with exhaustion, she dropped into the nearest chair.
- without firmness, force, energy, etc., as of character: limp, spiritless prose.
- flexible; not stiff or rigid: a Bible in a limp leather binding.
Origin of limp2
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Examples from the Web for limp
Clean-shaven and balding, Saleem is in his forties and walks with a limp.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
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To compound it, Rice then treats her limp form with what appears to be cold contempt.Ray Rice Should Have Remembered His 'Kindness' Anti-Bullying Wristband
September 10, 2014
The charts now featured the likes of Limp Bizkit, a rap-metal band whose misogyny was so overt as to be comical.Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl: The Halcyon '90s and Feminism's Resurgence in Pop Music
August 26, 2014
Back in the day, a show could limp along for a season or two before finding its voice.Why ‘The Americans’ Is the Best Spy Show on TV
February 26, 2014
Who knows whether Manning will wake up daily with a burning neck, or whether Brady will be walking with a limp?The Injuries That Made Peyton Manning and Tom Brady
January 19, 2014
Mrs. Bines, stooping, took the limp and wide-eyed Paul up in her arms.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I descended from the bridge with both body and soul like limp rags.My Double Life
But the Mercutian was already in his seat, Joan limp beside him.Slaves of Mercury
He had begun to limp, and this limp increased with the hours.
His jaws were apart, and through them the tongue protruded, draggled and limp.
- to walk with an uneven step, esp with a weak or injured leg
- to advance in a labouring or faltering manner
- an uneven walk or progress
- not firm or stiff
- not energetic or vital
- (of the binding of a book) not stiffened with boards
Word Origin and History for limp
1560s, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Middle English lympen "to fall short" (c.1400), which is probably from Old English lemphealt "halting, lame, limping," which has a lone cognate in the rare Middle High German limphin, and perhaps is from a PIE root meaning "slack, loose, to hang down" (cf. Sanskrit lambate "hangs down," Middle High German lampen "to hang down"). Related: Limped; limping. As a noun, 1818, from the verb.
1706, "flaccid, drooping," of obscure origin, perhaps related to limp (v.).
- An irregular, jerky, or awkward gait; a claudication.
- To walk lamely, especially with irregularity, as if favoring one leg.