limp

2
[limp]
||

adjective, limp·er, limp·est.

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.

Nearby words

  1. limonite,
  2. limonitic,
  3. limousin,
  4. limousine,
  5. limousine liberal,
  6. limp wrist,
  7. limp-wristed,
  8. limpet,
  9. limpid,
  10. limpidity

Origin of limp

2
1700–10; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic limpa slackness, limpilegur soft, flabby

SYNONYMS FOR limp
1. flabby, flaccid, soft. 2, 3. feeble, weak.

Related formslimp·ly, adverblimp·ness, noun

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for limply


British Dictionary definitions for limply

limp

1

verb (intr)

to walk with an uneven step, esp with a weak or injured leg
to advance in a labouring or faltering manner

noun

an uneven walk or progress
Derived Formslimper, nounlimping, adjective, nounlimpingly, adverb

Word Origin for limp

C16: probably a back formation from obsolete limphalt lame, from Old English lemphealt; related to Middle High German limpfen to limp

limp

2

adjective

not firm or stiff
not energetic or vital
(of the binding of a book) not stiffened with boards
Derived Formslimply, adverblimpness, noun

Word Origin for limp

C18: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Icelandic limpa looseness

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for limply
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for limply

limp

[lĭmp]

n.

An irregular, jerky, or awkward gait; a claudication.

v.

To walk lamely, especially with irregularity, as if favoring one leg.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.