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 Perhaps playing up the moment a little bit, Kane stayed down on the ice for more than 30 seconds, slowly made his way to the bench, and ultimately limped down the tunnel. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Wild upset with officials after Ryan Hartman’s five-minute major," 8 Nov. 2019 After a two-year hiatus, the Mancini Electric squad came back into the Pompano league and limped into the playoffs as the No. 5 seed. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Badgers dig in with comeback victory for softball championship," 7 Nov. 2019 Callejon's shot narrowly missed the far post and limped wide of the goal. SI.com, "Napoli 2-4 Lazio: The 90 Minute Champions League Shootout That Had it All," 6 Nov. 2019 Worst-case scenario: The Spartans are derailed by injuries and limp into the NCAA tournament with little hope for a deep run. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball: Here's our NCAA tournament forecast," 3 Nov. 2019 Cup Cake began limping on Saturday and her hind legs were useless by Sunday. USA TODAY, "Pooch hit by car goes for ride, manatee rescued, unusual toilet paper roller: News from around our 50 states," 1 Nov. 2019 Footage from the ABC News affiliate showed victims limping from the deadly party and weeping in the street, while paramedics loaded a stretcher into an ambulance. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "Four killed in mass shooting at Halloween party in California," 1 Nov. 2019 The good news is the Chargers (2-5) limp into Soldier Field having lost three games in a row, averaging 16.6 points in the process. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Can the Bears beat the Chargers on Sunday? Our writers make their picks.," 25 Oct. 2019 His unceremonious departure, combined with contract disputes and roster turnover, shattered what many thought would become a dynasty, and the Blazers limped into their second decade left wondering what could have been. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "From humble beginnings to Blazermania: Portland Trail Blazers embark on 50th season," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Police later released surveillance video of Kamille playing with a friend before being approached by an adult with a limp. Time, "Alabama Police: Body of Missing 3-Year-Old Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney Found in Landfill," 23 Oct. 2019 Star tight end Mark Andrews finished the win with his second straight 100-yard game (nine catches for 112 yards) but also a slight limp. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "In another historic performance, Lamar Jackson fuses old and new to power Ravens’ 23-17 win vs. Cardinals," 16 Sep. 2019 Simmons had a noticeable limp during his second game with rookie-league Orem (Utah) last Wednesday and returned to Anaheim for treatment. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Injured shortstop Andrelton Simmons to return to Angels this week," 25 June 2019 Rick Singer, who walks with a slight limp after two hip replacement surgeries, is free on bond until his sentencing, scheduled for Sept. 19, the day after his 59th birthday. Gregory Korte, USA Today, "The rise of Rick Singer: How the mastermind of college admissions scandal built an empire on lies, exploited a broken system," 19 June 2019 There was no noticeable limp from the right hamstring injury that took him out of the Rockets’ Game 5 win against Golden State the night before and might have ended his season, nor was there any sign of self-pity. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Rockets keeping their 'same swag' despite the Chris Paul hamstring injury," 26 May 2018 The quarterback was able to get up under his own power, but very gingerly and with a limp. Dennis Waszak Jr., courant.com, "Now what? Jets already down Darnold, lose Siemian at QB," 17 Sep. 2019 Scalise, who is an avid Second Amendment supporter, still uses a cane and walks with a limp. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Thrust into gun debate, Scalise says being a shooting survivor doesn't mean it's his No. 1 priority," 16 Sep. 2019 The person was later identified by co-workers as Alani, in part by his distinctive limp, the affidavit said. David Koenig, sun-sentinel.com, "American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging flight from Miami," 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The mentally ill 51-year-old woman was limp as the male correctional officers delivered the blows, a federal lawsuit alleges. Brittany Shammas, Washington Post, "Guards beat an inmate to paralysis. Now the state is trying to dodge the medical bills, attorney says.," 12 Oct. 2019 McAbee called 911 for the infant who was limp and unresponsive on Aug. 15, 2018. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster man sentenced to 25 years after plea in child abuse case," 30 Sep. 2019 Lordet recommends investing in Moroccanoil Curl Re-Energizing Spray ($12; amazon.com), a hydrating spray that refreshes limp, end-of-day waves and restores bounce to curls that might have gotten smooshed when slept on. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "Selena Gomez Is Embracing Her Natural Curls for Fall—and We Have Stylist Tips to Get Her Look," 16 Sep. 2019 Ordering the pizza well-done is just more insurance that your crust will arrive extra crunchy, instead of limp and sad. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "How to order the most delicious deep-dish pizza with tips from real Chicagoans," 30 July 2019 But a text that must have seemed quirky and playful in a reading has gone limp and labored onstage. Margaret Gray, latimes.com, "Review: Boston Court Pasadena’s ‘Ladies’ presents a puzzle of female empowerment," 14 June 2019 The worker went to the car and saw the boy was limp. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "'Our whole community is devastated’: Toddler dies 3 days after suffering head injuries," 9 Sep. 2019 Avoid anything cracked, yellowed, limp or browning. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to pick, prep and cook leafy greens — a nutritional (and delicious) powerhouse," 13 Sep. 2019 As her mother carries her, Sylvia’s legs hang down like sandbags, heavy and limp. Jenny Gold, The Mercury News, "A young woman, a wheelchair and the fight to take her place at Stanford," 8 Sep. 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for limp

The first known use of limp was circa 1570

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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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