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[limp] /lɪmp/
verb (used without object)
1.
to walk with a labored, jerky movement, as when lame.
2.
to proceed in a lame, faltering, or labored manner:
His writing limps from one cliché to another. The old car limped along.
3.
to progress slowly and with great difficulty; make little or no advance:
an economy that limps along at a level just above total bankruptcy.
noun
4.
a lame movement or gait:
The accident left him with a slight limp.
Origin of limp1
1560-1570
1560-70; back formation from obsolete limphault lame; Old English lemphealt limping (see halt2); akin to Middle High German limpfen to limp
Related forms
limper, noun
limpingly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for limped
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  • He limped about on his crutches, collected all things needful, and sat down to work.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • He limped up the hill to her, and sat down on the top step of the porch.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • After a little, he slid to the ground and limped over to her.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • The man turned the handle of the Break of Day door, and limped in.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • He limped a little, for Von Holzen had in the struggle kicked him on the ankle.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for limped

limp1

/lɪmp/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to walk with an uneven step, esp with a weak or injured leg
2.
to advance in a labouring or faltering manner
noun
3.
an uneven walk or progress
Derived Forms
limper, noun
limping, adjective, noun
limpingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: probably a back formation from obsolete limphalt lame, from Old English lemphealt; related to Middle High German limpfen to limp

limp2

/lɪmp/
adjective
1.
not firm or stiff
2.
not energetic or vital
3.
(of the binding of a book) not stiffened with boards
Derived Forms
limply, adverb
limpness, noun
Word Origin
C18: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Icelandic limpa looseness
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Word Origin and History for limped

limp

v.

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.

limp

adj.

1706, "flaccid, drooping," of obscure origin, perhaps related to limp (v.).

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limped in Medicine

limp (lĭmp)
n.
An irregular, jerky, or awkward gait; a claudication. v. limped, limp·ing, limps
To walk lamely, especially with irregularity, as if favoring one leg.

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