limp

verb
\ ˈlimp How to pronounce limp (audio) \
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

halt, hobble

Synonyms: Adjective

droopy, flaccid, floppy, lank, yielding

Antonyms: Verb

stride

Antonyms: Adjective

inflexible, resilient, rigid, stiff, sturdy, tense

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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

The increases would reap about $400 million over eight years, said Assistant General Manager Pamela Herhold, providing vital nourishment for a system that’s limping along on old equipment. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Crusade for riders or risky gambit? BART director pushes to delay fare increase," 4 June 2019 Its chances seemed to increase when key Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini limped off in the 10th minute and was replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner. Daniella Matar, chicagotribune.com, "Serie A Recap: Napoli beat Juventus, narrow league lead to one point," 22 Apr. 2018 Still, the titillating show limped along for two seasons, from 1980 to 1982, and 37 episodes, long enough for Hanks' true talent to show through. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "James Franco in 'The Deuce,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 16 Feb. 2018 Katie Lou Samuelson had limped off the court and Gabby Williams sat on the bench with a migraine. Staff Report, courant.com, "Nine Games That Defined The UConn Women's Basketball Season," 17 Mar. 2018 Worcester Cold Storage limped along for another four years before it, too, was emptied. Sean Flynn, Esquire, "The Perfect Fire," 9 Mar. 2017 The Olympic was able to limp back to port, badly wounded. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Wild Conspiracy That the Titanic Never Sank," 27 Feb. 2019 Now Ospina is limping around a bit with some apparent pain in his right foot. Joel Petterson, New York Times, "Colombia Keeps World Cup Hopes Alive While Dashing Poland’s," 25 June 2018 And now the state is in real danger of heading into 2020 with a cap-and-trade system expected to produce almost half the state’s ambitious carbon reductions — but flooded with cheap allowances and limping along at the price floor. David Roberts, Vox, "California’s cap-and-trade system may be too weak to do its job," 12 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Should the Chicago police be allowed to rummage through the medical records of all young black man to look for the one with a limp who killed two people in the fall of 2018? WSJ, "The Dangers of ‘Anonymized’ Medical Data," 5 Dec. 2018 Here on the moon his limp was more like a skip step. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The snake appeared to struggle to consume the limp fish. Fox News, "Snake struggles to swallow catfish whole, graphic images show: ‘Not something you see every day'," 7 June 2019 The green 10-ora note features a Voortrekker mother crying out at some unseen malice, her limp son draped in her arms. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency," 6 June 2019 His limp endorsement of Remain and anti-Semitism within his party have shorn him of support. Tina Brown, Time, "Tina Brown: How Britain Lost the Plot Over Brexit," 6 June 2019 For all its unquestionable greatness, this symphony can emerge limp absent a unified conception. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "The Czech Philharmonic’s Global Ambitions," 31 Oct. 2018 Jenny’s hair was unnaturally blonde and featured a rotation of obvious extensions, limp ends, and choppy bangs that led to publications asking if her character had the worst hair on television. Veronica Walsingham, SELF, "Growing Up With Less Money Than My Friends Made Me Obsessed With Having Wealthy-Looking Hair," 15 Nov. 2018 The mother wrote in an Aug. 8 Facebook post that her son was limp and had blue lips. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Mosquito bite sends North Carolina boy, 6, to ICU," 14 Aug. 2018 Colbi scooped Omari into his arms and handed his limp body to his uncle, who rushed him to Keyonna. Jonathan Small, Good Housekeeping, ""Lord, Just Bring This Baby Back to Life": How a Brave 9-Year-Old Saved a Toddler from Drowning," 16 July 2018 Even worse, the taste matched the texture: limp and lifeless. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Brands of Canned Coconut Milk," 4 Aug. 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 and Noun

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

Adjective

akin to limp entry 1

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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 How to pronounce limp (audio) \
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 How to pronounce limp (audio) \

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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