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
a :  to walk lamely; especially :  to walk favoring one leg
b :  to go unsteadily :  falter
:  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



: 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




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

: feeling very tired

Full Definition of LIMP

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>
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


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