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limp

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verb \ˈlimp\

Simple Definition of limp

  • : 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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to walk lamely; especially :  to walk favoring one leg b :  to go unsteadily :  falter

  3. 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

Rhymes with limp


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limp

noun

Simple Definition of limp

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

Full Definition of limp

  1. :  a limping movement or gait

Examples of limp

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



1818

First Known Use of limp

1818


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limp

adjective

Simple Definition of limp

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

  • : feeling very tired

Full Definition of limp

  1. 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. 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



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