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

Definition of limber

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


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

Definition of limber (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to become limber limber up by running

transitive verb

: to cause to become limber limber up his fingers



Definition of limber (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from limber


limberly adverb
limberness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for limber

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of limber in a Sentence

Adjective he shaped the basket out of limber branches that could bend easily around a frame
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Phoenix, like all of this year’s acting favorites, has been the clear front-runner for some time, for his morose yet limber Joker. Washington Post, 5 Feb. 2020 Not surprisingly, given his experience and expertise, Djokovic came out loose, limber and locked in. Howard Fendrich,, 2 Feb. 2020 Not surprisingly, given his experience and expertise, Djokovic came out loose, limber and locked in. Time, 2 Feb. 2020 Economists debated how much Japan’s slump owed to weak demand rather than economic rigidities, for example an insufficiently limber corporate sector. The Economist, 5 Dec. 2019 There is a core group that comes at least once a week: a mix of firefighters, teachers, politicians, lawyers, boxers and a very limber 81-year-old woman. Tiffany Martinbrough, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2018 In fact, Brady looked pretty spry and limber when stretching. Ben Volin,, 26 July 2019 Miller-Weston also brings a kind of exquisitely offhand viciousness to the vacuous Mrs. Wormwood, and has a hands-down hilarious scene with her alarmingly limber dance teacher Rudolpho (a memorable Ala Tiatia). James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 July 2019 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, 11 Feb. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Biden’s is to limber up and actually compete, upgrade infrastructure and invest big in research and development. William Pesek, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Ideologically limber and perpetually on the make, the three-term Michigan governor also sought the national stage during a period when the GOP was tearing itself apart. Kevin Mahnken, The New Republic, 12 Feb. 2021 No matter your workout routine of choice, these stretches will help keep the muscles limber, loose, and ready to do their job—which will better protect your knees from taking on too much impact and becoming strained. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 16 Sep. 2020 To limber your sensibility, stalk the aesthetic everywhere: cracks in a sidewalk, people’s ways of walking. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 16 Dec. 2019 Should Denver meet lofty expectations and make a run toward a Western Conference title, its power forward duties will be split with success between an odd couple of sorts — old and new, stout and limber, strength and speed… Millsap and Grant. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, 23 Oct. 2019 Posie’s scooping case rides at around 10 degrees Farenheit, allowing traces of heat to limber up the ice cream enough to form rounded scoops. Ali Bouzari,, 27 Sep. 2019 The video ends with Lopez limbering up for her big day and finally taking the stage in a glittering bikini for her showstopping performance. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 6 Sep. 2019 Steve Lukather limbers up his fingers with a bulky acoustic 12-string, serenading me with Byrds and Led Zeppelin classics. Jordan Runtagh,, 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of limber


1565, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1748, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for limber


origin unknown


Middle English lymour

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The first known use of limber was in the 15th century

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“Limber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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