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

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

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Yet in August 2014, The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens needed specialists to help Jabari, a 400-pound gorilla who was limping and unable to put weight on his leg. Washington Post, "From surgery simulators to medical mishaps in space, video game tech is helping doctors at work," 9 Jan. 2020 Ask Cyclone quarterback Brock Purdy, who limped to the locker room late in the game after being terrorized too often by No. 6 in white. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, "Noie: This was Notre Dame at its collective best one final time in 2019," 28 Dec. 2019 The crowd of 8,334 was in silence as a trainer attended to Ionescu, who limped off and attempted to stay in the game but by rule, had to sit. oregonlive, "Taylor Chavez, Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard notch milestones as Oregon women’s basketball blasts Utah State," 14 Nov. 2019 One added plus: Hunter Johnson, who limped off last week at Wisconsin, is full go. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Our Week 6 college football picks against the spread: Hammer Iowa on the road, be wary of Ohio State at home ... and Notre Dame is favored by how many?," 4 Oct. 2019 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has provided an update on the fitness of winger Sadio Mane, who limped off in Sunday's 2-1 win over Chelsea. SI.com, "Jurgen Klopp Offers Update on Sadio Mane After 'Awful' Injury Against Chelsea," 23 Sep. 2019 The play cost Cal the services of outside linebacker Cameron Goode, who limped off holding his left hamstring. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, "Cal defense paves the way in 23-17 win over North Texas," 14 Sep. 2019 Antetokounmpo flatly denied any sense of panic, saying the team will learn from the loss before limping away from the media scrum. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lakers 113, Bucks 103: Combined play of LeBron James, Anthony Davis outshines Giannis' effort," 7 Mar. 2020 The Raiders’ offensive line is limping into a meeting with the Chargers. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders rule out Richie Incognito, Josh Jacobs against Chargers," 20 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jarron Cumberland posted 20 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, playing with a limp at times after a left heel injury kept him sidelined earlier this week at USF. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "Trevon Scott's late basket pushes Cincinnati basketball past Temple," 8 Mar. 2020 But not in Reading, where a fowl with a limp has become a minor celebrity. Hobbling around for months, the bird has received a warm reception. BostonGlobe.com, "People still love “Limpy the Town Turkey.”," 19 Oct. 2019 Ohio State coach Ryan Day also came out to check on Fields, who eventually left the field under his own power with a slight limp. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields leaves Michigan game with injury, throws touchdown on first play back," 30 Nov. 2019 Despite a childhood bout of polio that left him with a permanent limp, Glassman was always a natural athlete. Tessa Love, Outside Online, "Greg Glassman’s Easy Health Care Fix: More CrossFit," 16 Jan. 2020 Authorities scoured the North Side neighborhood of Lincoln Park for a particular coyote with a limp seen multiple times over the past week and warned residents to watch their small animals amid reported attacks on dogs. Hannah Knowles, Anchorage Daily News, "Coyotes may have attacked Chicagoans twice this week after years of leaving people alone," 10 Jan. 2020 Kirkpatrick walked off the field with no noticeable limp and told The Enquirer that his knee is feeling better. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals 'frustrated' over inability to run the football," 4 Nov. 2019 Simmons, out since severely spraining his left ankle on May 20, played in two rehab games last week but moved around with a noticeable limp. Maria Torres, latimes.com, "Shohei Ohtani says he’d be honored to compete in home run derby," 23 June 2019 Patterson, who was 60 years old and carried a distinct limp from a World War I injury, ran for attorney general on a platform of cleaning up the graft. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Alabama Bicentennial: 200 years of political scandals and scrapes," 4 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Nevertheless, coming in weak will dent his electability narrative and his already limp fundraising. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Does Iowa's botched vote reporting really matter?," 5 Feb. 2020 Duarte walked onto Matthew Knight Arena for Friday’s practice with no apparent limp or issue. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon basketball guard Chris Duarte (knee) questionable against UT-Arlington," 15 Nov. 2019 The data underlined the Fed ratesetters’ conundrum; consumer and government spending remained buoyant, though business investment was limp. The Economist, "Business this week," 2 Nov. 2019 Already down leading rusher Vavae Malepeai, USC saw each of its next two leading backs limp to the sideline. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC’s depleted defense puts on dominant performance in rout of Arizona," 19 Oct. 2019 Seventeen hours in Breakfast time, and there’s no limp sausage. Los Angeles Times, "I took the world’s first 20-hour flight. Here’s what it did to me," 19 Oct. 2019 Nicolas Otamendi put in a limp tackle, and the Mexican forward wriggled free before squaring the ball to Traore. SI.com, "Man City 0-2 Wolves: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Adama Traore Double Stuns Champions," 6 Oct. 2019 In the 77th minute, Ruan took a hit to the head that knocked him limp for several seconds. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City closes season with 5-2 home loss to Chicago Fire," 8 Oct. 2019 Instead, after years of heat damage (including the torture tests of my pageant competition days), my hair was a strange mix of waves, limp curls, and random straight pieces. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "I Went Heat-Free For 365 Days — & This Is What My Hair Looks Like Now," 21 Jan. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for limp

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The first known use of limp was circa 1570

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Last Updated

2 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Limp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limp. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for limp

limp

verb
How to pronounce limp (audio)

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

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

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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