- 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 limper
Even the limper, in spite of all my search, had got off and was not to be found.
Limper, the ostler, got "Grey Bobby" from the stable, and put him into the harness.Lancashire Sketches
He had come in loungingly, and he went out loungingly; but he was limper after the interview than before it.Mrs. Thompson
William Babington Maxwell
The event is described in the metrical history of Rouen, composed by a minstrel ycleped Poirier, the limper.Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. I. (of 2)
The victim gradually became paler and limper, until Maskull held a corpse in his arms.A Voyage to Arcturus
- 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 limper
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.