limp

verb
\ ˈlimp \
limped; limping; limps

Definition of limp 

(Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to walk lamely especially : to walk favoring one leg The injured player limped off the field.

b : to go unsteadily : falter the conversation limped for some time —Henry Green

2 : to proceed slowly or with difficulty the ship limped back to port

limp

noun

Definition of limp (Entry 2 of 3)

: a limping movement or gait

limp

adjective

Definition of limp (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : 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

2a : weary, exhausted limp with fatigue

b : lacking in strength, vigor, or firmness : spiritless

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Other words from limp

Verb

limper noun

Adjective

limply adverb
limpness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for limp

Synonyms: Verb

crawl, creak (along), creep, drag, inch, nose, ooze, plod, poke, slouch

Synonyms: Adjective

all in, beat, beaten, bleary, burned-out (or burnt-out), bushed, dead, done, drained, exhausted, fatigued, jaded, logy (also loggy), played out, pooped [slang], prostrate, spent, tapped out, tired, tuckered (out), washed-out, wearied, weary, wiped out, worn, worn-out

Antonyms: Verb

fly, race, speed, whiz (or whizz), zip

Antonyms: Adjective

unwearied

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Examples of limp in a Sentence

Verb

The injured player limped off the court. The dog was limping slightly. The damaged ship limped back to port. The company has somehow managed to limp along despite the bad economy.

Noun

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

Adjective

He gave me a very limp handshake. This plant isn't doing well—look how limp the leaves are. Her hair hung limp around her shoulders. I suddenly went limp and collapsed on the floor. He was limp with fatigue.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Marcelo limped out of Brazil's final group match against Serbia just minutes in after suffering from a back spasm. SI.com, "Brazil's Danilo Set to Return for Mexico Clash But Marcelo Doubtful and Douglas Costa Ruled Out," 1 July 2018 Neymar limped out of a training session on Tuesday after appearing to hurt his right ankle. Jerome Pugmire, chicagotribune.com, "Brazil to maintain starting lineup featuring Neymar," 21 June 2018 Baun was examined by a trainer and eventually limped to the locker room. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Badgers cornerback Nick Nelson tears meniscus in a private workout with NFL team," 6 Apr. 2018 Baumgartner limped to the grandstand to hug family and friends. Adam Kilgore, Anchorage Daily News, "‘A bunch of idiots having fun’: U.S. snowboard cross team nearly grabs Olympic medal," 16 Feb. 2018 USA TODAY Sports PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Nick Baumgartner limped through the snow, his left heel badly bruised after a vicious, jarring, painful landing in the finals of the snowboard cross. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "U.P. concrete worker shares lesson of 4th-place Olympic finish with son," 15 Feb. 2018 Right back Sime Vrsaljko limped off during the quarterfinal win over host Russia and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic had a hamstring injury during extra time but remained in the match. Ronald Blum, BostonGlobe.com, "England ready to change the tune of its soccer history," 11 July 2018 Budgeted north of $200 million, the film opened to $29.2 million and limped to a North American total of $89.3 million. Dave Lewis, latimes.com, "From 'Back to the Future' to 'Wild Wild West': A look at the Fourth of July's biggest box office hits and misses," 29 June 2018 On the field, Croatia was hugely disappointing in the qualifying campaign, limping to second in the group behind Iceland, scoring just 15 goals in 10 games despite a prodigiously creative midfield. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Croatia Meeting Its World Cup Potential As Chronic Chaos Subsides," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

No limp was evident when Mike Scioscia tapped him to lead off the bottom of Sunday’s seventh inning by pinch hitting for first baseman Jefry Marte. Ethan Bauer, latimes.com, "Five things we learned from the Angels' series-clinching 4-3 win over the Dodgers," 9 July 2018 Unlike Neuville, Shaw walks with a significant limp. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Badgers football players have a way to go in their recovery from ACL tears," 17 Apr. 2018 The toddler had begun to cry whenever Chambers was around him, Ashendorf said, and two days before his death Drakeford was seen walking with a limp. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "The mom's boyfriend said her son might grow up to be gay. Now he's accused of his murder.," 19 June 2018 The latter left in a snit and with a limp, due to a knee that needed surgery and has sidelined him during Boston's playoff run Now the problem is the lack of cuts to the basket from the weakside (the side away from the ball) by the thumb-twiddlers. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers 2018 - An ugly win beats a well-played loss anytime: Bill Livingston (photos, video)," 2 May 2018 When a weary-looking Weinstein arrived in court, shuffling up the aisle with a slight limp, more than 50 members of the press had packed into the at-capacity courtroom. Maureen O'connor, The Cut, "The Courthouse Scene at Harvey Weinstein’s Arraignment," 5 June 2018 Photos from the scene immediately after Najjar was shot show a group of men carrying the volunteer in her white uniform, her head tilted back and her gloved hand limp around their shoulders. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "A Palestinian medic was shot dead in Gaza. Now Israel says it will investigate.," 2 June 2018 Belinda walks with a limp and wears giant flowered shirts and sighs a lot. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award finalist: "The Sweeper of Hair" by Karin Lin-Greenberg," 2 June 2018 Mentor, freshly discharged from a local hospital, walked into his arraignment at West Roxbury Municipal Court Friday afternoon with a noticeable limp. Emily Sweeney And Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Hyde Park man shot by police was convicted of shooting at officers in a 2009 confrontation," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Pompeiian man, who likely had a limp due to a bone infection, didn’t stand a chance against the quick-moving current of fire and debris. National Geographic, "Headless Pompeii Victim Wasn't Crushed to Death, After All," 29 June 2018 Liberation, her first new album since 2012’s limp Lotus, is intended to be a return to the reach, stretch, and breadth of her past. Christina Aguilera, Philly.com, "Album reviews: Christina Aguilera, Buddy Guy and Charles Lloyd," 28 June 2018 His eyes were closed, his face half covered by an oxygen mask and an IV connected to his limp right arm. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "A Yemeni toddler fought for his life in a hospital while adults battled each other," 25 June 2018 The song's a Frankenstein's monster, with limp snippets of bombast and reflection haphazardly stitched together. Eric Renner Brown, Billboard, "Every Song from Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Summer Albums Series, Ranked," 25 June 2018 Bafia followed the stretcher carrying Danny’s limp, unconscious body through the hallway and into the back of the ambulance outside the Gate 4 entrance. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Operating on Danny Farquhar's brain didn't change what was in White Sox pitcher's heart," 12 July 2018 Ford Branan said seeing Knievel’s body slide down the landing ramp like a limp doll was disconcerting. David Montero, latimes.com, "Blast from the past: Motorcyclist Travis Pastrana jumps over Caesars Palace fountains, outdoing Evel Knievel," 9 July 2018 DeWolfe razzes the band between sets and, during songs, twirls Schemerle's limp yellow body like a wet towel. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "It's true: The ShowBiz Pizza robot band is back, at a retro arcade bar | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 Several picked up Davis’ limp, bleeding body and brought the wounded man inside. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "A masked shooter. A campus killing. And a manhunt 159 years before Columbine.," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of limp

Verb

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1818, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for limp

Verb

probably from Middle English lympen to fall short; akin to Old English limpan to happen, lemphealt lame

Noun

see limp entry 1

Adjective

akin to limp entry 1

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18 Sep 2018

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More Definitions for limp

limp

verb

English Language Learners Definition of limp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

limp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of limp (Entry 2 of 3)

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

limp

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of limp (Entry 3 of 3)

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

: feeling very tired

limp

verb
\ ˈlimp \
limped; limping

Kids Definition of limp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to walk in a slow or uneven way because of an injury to a foot or leg … Shiloh's up limping around on his bad leg. —Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Shiloh

limp

noun

Kids Definition of limp (Entry 2 of 3)

: a slow or uneven way of walking caused by an injury to a leg or foot

limp

adjective

Kids Definition of limp (Entry 3 of 3)

: not firm or stiff The limp plants needed water.

Other words from limp

limply adverb
\ ˈlimp \

Medical Definition of limp 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to walk lamely especially : to walk favoring one leg

2 : to go unsteadily

limp

noun

Medical Definition of limp (Entry 2 of 2)

: a limping movement or gait

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