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

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 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, "A Rolling Party Brings the Funk (and Health Benefits)," 28 Feb. 2018 In fact, Brady looked pretty spry and limber when stretching. Ben Volin,, "Rest day makes sense for Tom Brady," 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, "Review: ‘Matilda’ and its ‘revolting children’ make for an entertainingly barbed musical comedy at Moonlight," 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, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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,, "The molecular science behind a Larkspur shop’s blueberry ice cream," 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, "Jennifer Lopez Becomes a Master Of the Stripper Pole in 'Hustlers' BTS Video: Watch," 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,, "Starr Man: Inside Ringo's 30-Year Odyssey with His All-Starr Band," 19 Aug. 2019 Recently, in a waiting room before practice, the North Koreans and their coach rolled their gloves into a ball and played an impromptu game of soccer to get their bodies limber. JerÉ Longman, New York Times, "For North Korean Skaters, the Short Program Was Just the Beginning," 13 Feb. 2018 And not just in the weather department to limber up his surgically fused back. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Tiger Woods misses Open cut, yearns for 'hot weeks'," 19 July 2019 As the 57-year-old tried to limber up on the practice tee Monday afternoon at Warren Golf Course, fellow members of the PGA Tour Champions kept coming up to him seeking restaurant recommendations and the like. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Which U.S. Senior Open entrant will play like a champion this week?," 24 June 2019 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

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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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