verb (used without object)
Origin of limp1
Related Words for limpedshuffle, waddle, falter, stagger, hop, hobble, stumble, totter, halt, scuff, teeter, lag, hitch, dodder, flag, clump, shamble, gimp
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of limped
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
Word Origin for limp
Word Origin for limp
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.).