limp

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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.

Origin of limp

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1700–10; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic limpa slackness, limpilegur soft, flabby
SYNONYMS FOR limp
Related formslimp·ly, adverblimp·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for limpness (1 of 2)

limp

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/ (lɪmp) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for limpness (2 of 2)

limp

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/ (lɪmp) /

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
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Medicine definitions for limpness

limp

[ lĭmp ]

n.

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

v.

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