- to walk with a labored, jerky movement, as when lame.
- to proceed in a lame, faltering, or labored manner: His writing limps from one cliché to another. The old car limped along.
- to progress slowly and with great difficulty; make little or no advance: an economy that limps along at a level just above total bankruptcy.
- a lame movement or gait: The accident left him with a slight limp.
Origin of limp1
Examples from the Web for limped
When the speech ended, with “I am proud to present . . . ” Furry, carrying his battered Epiphone guitar, limped onto the stage.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
And for the first time in his career, as he limped in and out of the French Open quarterfinal, he looked his age.Roger Federer’s Hair Evolution
June 9, 2013
Mitt, who garnered 29 percent in Missouri in 2008, limped in with 25 percent—less than half the votes Santorum earned.
Even Rep. Michele Bachmann, usually a prolific fundraiser, limped across last year's finish line with about $12 million.Obama Campaign Aims to Collect $1 Billion While GOP Relies on Super PACs
February 5, 2012
In the last 24 hours, two boats bypassed Lampedusa and limped into the port of Catania on the Sicilian island.Italy's Refugee Camp Horror
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 21, 2011
He limped about on his crutches, collected all things needful, and sat down to work.
After a little, he slid to the ground and limped over to her.
He limped up the hill to her, and sat down on the top step of the porch.
The man turned the handle of the Break of Day door, and limped in.Little Dorrit
He limped a little, for Von Holzen had in the struggle kicked him on the ankle.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
- 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 limped
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.