limp

2
[limp]
adjective, limp·er, limp·est.
  1. lacking stiffness or firmness, as of substance, fiber, structure, or bodily frame: a limp body.
  2. lacking vitality; weary; tired; fatigued: Limp with exhaustion, she dropped into the nearest chair.
  3. without firmness, force, energy, etc., as of character: limp, spiritless prose.
  4. flexible; not stiff or rigid: a Bible in a limp leather binding.

Origin of limp

2
1700–10; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic limpa slackness, limpilegur soft, flabby
Related formslimp·ly, adverblimp·ness, noun

Synonyms for limp

1. flabby, flaccid, soft. 2, 3. feeble, weak.
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Examples from the Web for limply

Contemporary Examples of limply

  • He bunches himself up tightly, one leg entwined over the other, with the crossed leg dangling, limply, languorously.

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    July 29, 2010

Historical Examples of limply

  • I took it limply, thus clenching the bargain of infamy between us.

  • Limply he resumed his seat, and his thoughts took a fresh turn.

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    Raphael Sabatini

  • He threw out his hands once more, palms up, and dropped them limply.

    Hidden Water

    Dane Coolidge

  • The Moro collapsed to the road, limply, like a wet stocking off a line.

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    Charles Goff Thomson

  • "How—— Dandy house," he muttered, limply shaking her limp hand.

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    Sinclair Lewis


British Dictionary definitions for limply

limp

1
verb (intr)
  1. to walk with an uneven step, esp with a weak or injured leg
  2. to advance in a labouring or faltering manner
noun
  1. 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
  1. not firm or stiff
  2. not energetic or vital
  3. (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
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Word Origin and History for limply

limp

v.

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.

limp

adj.

1706, "flaccid, drooping," of obscure origin, perhaps related to limp (v.).

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limply in Medicine

limp

[lĭmp]
n.
  1. An irregular, jerky, or awkward gait; a claudication.
v.
  1. To walk lamely, especially with irregularity, as if favoring one leg.
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