- 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 limpness
Dread overcame him as he felt the limpness of the older man's body.Jim Spurling, Fisherman
Albert Walter Tolman
This was the curious sag and limpness, and color and style of my clothes.A Circuit Rider's Wife
In the limpness and horror of this, her first crisis, she did nothing, said nothing; only stood there.The Readjustment
I freely confess to my own inaction and limpness; but it was all deliberate.The Lost Continent
C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
Possibly his confidence is to be ascribed to the limpness of their attitudes.The Plattner Story and Others
H. G. Wells
- 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 limpness
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.