- characterized by ease in bending the body; supple; lithe.
- bending readily; flexible; pliant.
- to make oneself limber (usually followed by up): to limber up before the game.
- to make (something) limber (usually followed by up): She tried to limber up her wits before the exam.
Origin of limber1
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Examples from the Web for limberness
And the limberness has gone out of my fingers as out of my mind.Ancestors
Grandma Padgett took it in her hands, reduced its length and tried its limberness.Old Caravan Days
Mary Hartwell Catherwood
But age had not impaired the brightness of her eyes, nor the limberness of her tongue, nor her shrewd good sense.On Horseback
Charles Dudley Warner
Then he recovered and tried to fight, but could do nothing, being a weak cripple, and was literally beaten into limberness.The Wolf's Long Howl
Students of the human frame say that they never saw such a wealth of looseness and limberness lavished upon one person.Remarks
- capable of being easily bent or flexed; pliant
- able to move or bend freely; agile
- part of a gun carriage, often containing ammunition, consisting of an axle, pole, and two wheels, that is attached to the rear of an item of equipment, esp field artillery
- (usually foll by up) to attach the limber (to a gun, etc)
- (often plural) nautical (in the bilge of a vessel) a fore-and-aft channel through a series of holes in the frames (limber holes) where water collects and can be pumped out
Word Origin and History for limberness
1748, from limber (adj.). Related: Limbered; limbering.
"pliant, flexible," 1560s, of uncertain origin, possibly from limb (n.1) on notion of supple boughs of a tree [Barnhart], or from limp "flaccid" [Skeat], or somehow from Middle English lymer "shaft of a cart" (see limber (n.)), but the late appearance of the -b- in that word argues against it. Related: Limberness. Dryden used limber-ham (see ham (n.1) in the "joint" sense) as a name for a character "perswaded by what is last said to him, and changing next word."
"detachable forepart of a gun carriage," 1620s, from Middle English lymer (early 15c.), earlier lymon (c.1400), probably from Old French limon "shaft," a word perhaps of Celtic origin, or possibly from Germanic and related to limb (n.1). Hence, limber (v.) "to attach a limber to a gun" (1843). Cf. related Spanish limon "shaft," leman "helmsman."