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1limp

verb \ˈlimp\

: to walk in a slow and awkward way because of an injury to a leg or foot

: to go or continue slowly or with difficulty

Full Definition of LIMP

intransitive verb
1
a :  to walk lamely; especially :  to walk favoring one leg
b :  to go unsteadily :  falter
2
:  to proceed slowly or with difficulty <the ship limped back to port>
limp·er noun

Examples of LIMP

  1. The injured player limped off the court.
  2. The dog was limping slightly.
  3. The damaged ship limped back to port.
  4. The company has somehow managed to limp along despite the bad economy.

Origin of LIMP

probably from Middle English lympen to fall short; akin to Old English limpan to happen, lemphealt lame
First Known Use: circa 1570

Related to LIMP

2limp

noun

: a slow and awkward way of walking caused by an injury to a leg or foot

Full Definition of LIMP

:  a limping movement or gait

Examples of LIMP

  1. We noticed that the dog was walking with a slight limp.

First Known Use of LIMP

1818

3limp

adjective

: having an unpleasantly soft or weak quality : not firm or stiff

: feeling very tired

Full Definition of LIMP

1
a :  lacking firm texture, substance, or structure <limp curtains> <her hair hung limp about her shoulders>
b :  not stiff or rigid <a book in a limp binding>
2
a :  weary, exhausted <limp with fatigue>
b :  lacking in strength, vigor, or firmness :  spiritless
limp·ly adverb
limp·ness noun

Examples of LIMP

  1. He gave me a very limp handshake.
  2. This plant isn't doing well—look how limp the leaves are.
  3. Her hair hung limp around her shoulders.
  4. I suddenly went limp and collapsed on the floor.
  5. He was limp with fatigue.

Origin of LIMP

akin to 1limp
First Known Use: circa 1706
LIMP Defined for Kids

1limp

verb \ˈlimp\
limpedlimp·ing

Definition of LIMP for Kids

:  to walk in a slow or uneven way because of an injury to a foot or leg <… Shiloh's up limping around on his bad leg. — Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Shiloh>

2limp

noun

Definition of LIMP for Kids

:  a slow or uneven way of walking caused by an injury to a leg or foot

3limp

adjective

Definition of LIMP for Kids

:  not firm or stiff <The limp plants needed water.>
limp·ly adverb

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