lim·​ber | \ ˈlim-bər How to pronounce limber (audio) \

Definition of limber

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a two-wheeled vehicle to which a gun or caisson may be attached



Definition of limber (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : capable of being shaped : flexible
2 : having a supple and resilient quality (as of mind or body) : agile, nimble


limbered; limbering\ ˈlim-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce limbering (audio) \

Definition of limber (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to cause to become limber limber up his fingers

intransitive verb

: to become limber limber up by running

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Other Words from limber


limberly adverb
limberness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for limber

Synonyms: Adjective

bendy [chiefly British], flexible, lissome (also lissom), lithe, lithesome, pliable, pliant, supple, willowy

Antonyms: Adjective

inflexible, rigid, stiff, stiffened

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Examples of limber in a Sentence


he shaped the basket out of limber branches that could bend easily around a frame

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

At the end of a day at Blackberry Mountain, your limbs will feel more limber, your mind expanded, your soul refreshed, your appetites—for great food, new friends, the Unknown—reawakened. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Introducing Blackberry Mountain, the Idyllic New Resort from Blackberry Farm," 11 Feb. 2019 Not difficult, Tufty says now, for a limber 16-year-old boy of 135 pounds. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "53 years after stealing deputy's badge as a drunk teen, this KC minister returned it | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 And so, like a genie emerging from a lamp, up pops Tully (Mackenzie Davis): youthful, limber, funny, and free. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Charlize Theron Explores Motherhood’s Discontents in “Tully”," 4 May 2018 Doing so will flood the muscles with oxygen and nutrient-rich blood that is necessary for loose and limber muscle fibers., "Strength training for runners: 3 moves to help you hit your stride," 13 Mar. 2018 Claire, a petite, feisty and limber nonagenarian who used to be a showgirl and a Palm Springs Follies dancer, performed in Cyrus’ Younger Now video. Denise Goolsby, USA TODAY, "Miley Cyrus sends gift, greetings to 90-year-old Bingo caller," 6 Feb. 2018 This material gives the listener an opportunity to bask in the improvisational genius of Buckley and his limber band, especially guitarist Lee Underwood, who adds post-Joe Zawinul Fender Rhodes on a handful of songs. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Two recent Tim Buckley releases from the vaults capture the singer’s improvisational genius," 7 Feb. 2018 Thanks to the set’s limber grooves, heartbreaking lyrics, and ultra-relatable 20-something world-weariness, Paramore decisively proved there’s life after pop-punk. -- C.P. 14. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard's 50 Best Albums of 2017: Critics' Picks," 12 Dec. 2017 The show, however, in the Brooklyn series On Stage at Kingsborough, preserves the tale’s signature farmyard creatures and its wily wolf, incarnated by the large and limber puppets of Glass Half Full Theater. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "Events for Children in NYC This Week," 2 Nov. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What Gimlin's camera sees is a strange, large, ape-like figure limbering on its hind legs across a clearing. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Science Meets Legend: The Story of Our Search for Bigfoot," 8 Oct. 2018 The mid-sized banks to which small firms tend to turn for money, and which have benefited from deregulation, show no signs of limbering up for a big burst of borrowing. The Economist, "Business in the Republicans’ America is flourishing, but also changing," 24 May 2018 His English was remarkably elastic, freewheeling between rote grammar and limbered-up slang. Daniel Riley, GQ, "The Great High School Impostor," 1 May 2018 Thompson had been limbering up on-deck before Royals manager Ned Yost called Smith out of the bullpen. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals get shut out by White Sox in first game of doubleheader | The Kansas City Star," 28 Apr. 2018 Stretching is a good idea, too, to limber up for the chore at hand and to keep from muscle pulls., "Save your back: 8 tips to safely shovel snow," 12 Jan. 2018 Beyond the treatment room on this Wednesday, midway through the 2018 San Antonio rodeo, cowboys stretched and limbered muscles across a floor strewn with rigging, straps and gear. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Medical team mends injured bronco busters and bull riders," 25 Feb. 2018 Accompanied by the family dog — who really wants to get in on the action — Phelps shows his signature pre-race move, an arm extension and cross-body slap that limbers him up and clears his mind for the water. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Michael Phelps Is Already Training Up His Son As an Olympic Champ," 24 Jan. 2018 After a few Astros casually limbered up, Los Angeles held a full, relaxed workout. USA TODAY, "Whacky World Series: Homers fly, Dodgers-Astros even at 1," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of limber


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1748, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for limber


Middle English lymour


origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of limber

: bending easily


lim·​ber | \ ˈlim-bər How to pronounce limber (audio) \

Kids Definition of limber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: bending easily


limbered; limbering

Kids Definition of limber (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become limber Before a race, I limber up with exercises.

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