- 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 limply
He bunches himself up tightly, one leg entwined over the other, with the crossed leg dangling, limply, languorously.Obama's Televised Turn-Off
July 29, 2010
I took it limply, thus clenching the bargain of infamy between us.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
Limply he resumed his seat, and his thoughts took a fresh turn.The Sea-Hawk
He threw out his hands once more, palms up, and dropped them limply.Hidden Water
The Moro collapsed to the road, limply, like a wet stocking off a line.Terry
Charles Goff Thomson
"How—— Dandy house," he muttered, limply shaking her limp hand.Free Air
- 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 limply
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.