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

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

Cyril Thereau, who is on loan from Fiorentina, had a miserable debut for Cagliari as the forward limped off with a muscular problem 20 minutes after coming off the bench. Daniella Matar, The Seattle Times, "Lazio and Atalanta win to be a point behind 4th-place Milan," 4 Feb. 2019 The Swedes were surely more worried by the sight of Larsson limping off injured in the 80th minute than by anything their opponents could throw at them. SI.com, "Sweden 1-0 South Korea: Dream Start for Swedes as Granqvist Penalty Breaks Koreans' Resistance," 18 June 2018 Immelt, his credibility wounded with Wall Street, limped through the rest of the week as frustrated investors called seeking clarity on the state of the company. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 Video footage showing dozens of pigeons lying dead on the ground and others limping was released Friday by an animal rights group that secretly filmed members of the Alabama Forestry Commission taking part in a live pigeon shoot. Christopher Harress, AL.com, "'Sociopaths' leave dozens of pigeons dead and wounded after fundraising shoot," 2 Mar. 2018 For example, why was Kim limping in footage from 2014? Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Why a South Korean newspaper asked experts to look at photos of Kim Jong Un’s shoes," 4 May 2018 Diaz, limping, lost her balance as police led her away. Barbara Boyer, Philly.com, "A stop for a cup of coffee at a South Jersey convenience store ended in an attack by a police dog. Now there's a federal lawsuit," 26 Apr. 2018 Jason Quick of NBC Sports NW has more from Dallas: With more than half of team already showered and gone, Lillard limps into locker room in full uniform. Sean Meagher, OregonLive.com, "Damian Lillard injures ankle in Portland Trail Blazers' loss to Mavericks (video)," 4 Apr. 2018 The Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809, continues to limp out of the door. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is now fully available—for “advanced” users," 18 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 The cause of the limp, a long-ago car accident that had killed his wife, he and she having been broadsided by a drunk driver, was no longer ever mentioned. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 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

As they back away, one guardsman trains his rifle on the limp body and fires a single shot at close range. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "No Dialogue for Maduro," 3 Feb. 2019 Time stilled when the baby emerged: a purplish, limp infant with the umbilical coiled around her neck. Anndee Hochman, Philly.com, "The Parent Trip: Rachael and Justin Pines of Fishtown," 27 June 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 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, The Seattle Times, "Laughter, optimism surround ex-Mariner Danny Farquhar after brain aneurysm," 17 July 2018 Sauté for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are limp and there is almost no moisture remaining in the skillet. House Beautiful, "Ina Garten's Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts," 28 Aug. 2010

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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 \
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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