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

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 Down to Kevin Durant as their lone healthy superstar, the Nets limp home to host Game 5 on Tuesday, a team that once piled up points with ease suddenly struggling to cobble together much offense at all. BostonGlobe.com, 14 June 2021 Down to Kevin Durant as their lone healthy superstar, the Nets limp home to host Game 5 on Tuesday (8:30 p.m., TNT), a team that once piled up points with ease suddenly struggling to cobble together much offense at all. Brian Mahoney, courant.com, 14 June 2021 Organ shut down completely instead of attempting to limp along as a takeout restaurant. Ben Eisendrath, Washington Post, 4 May 2021 Real’s Roberto Apolinar, a club teammate, limp off the field. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 Should the Nets limp into the Eastern Conference Finals without one of their key players, Philly and their superior defensive efforts could hand Brooklyn their toughest test to date. Zack Jones, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Singh received 20 oxygen cylinders on Monday, only enough to enable the hospital to limp through the day until the ventilators start sending out their warning beeps again. Sheikh Saaliq, chicagotribune.com, 26 Apr. 2021 Jorge Alcala eventually helped the Twins limp out of the seventh, but Renaissance man Willians Astudillo added closer to his extensive résumé, pitching the eighth without any further damage. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, 17 Apr. 2021 Sometimes, though, the support simply provides cheap funds that help unsustainable companies limp on. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Though sure his legs were broken, Packard was released a few hours later, walking with a limp but without any broken bones. BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2021 Leonard tied his postseason career high with 45 points, with 42 coming over his final 30 minutes, even while walking with a limp during breaks in play after a first-half fall and fighting through screens as Doncic’s primary defender. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 The two-time All-Star walked into the locker room with a slight limp. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 1 May 2021 Or Floyd going limp as a White police officer placed his knee on his neck. John Blake, CNN, 18 Apr. 2021 Herb Jones remains in the game after returning for Alabama but is showing a bit of a limp after falling hard on his hip. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, 24 Jan. 2021 One day at Purdue’s headquarters in Connecticut, a top lawyer, Howard Udell, noticed West walking around the office with a limp. Zachary Siegel, The New Republic, 23 Apr. 2021 Officers checked on a report April 8 of a man walking slowly with a limp but did not locate him. cleveland, 15 Apr. 2021 When Mare busts her ankle chasing a junkie, Winslet adopts a magnificent limp that maps a whole psychology. Darren Franich, EW.com, 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On a screen, my back crinkling white paper, my legs lying limp and restless, my belly lubed up, a wand pressed into me. Krys Malcolm Belc, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 June 2021 His father, Wilbert Nicholson, was there when Nicholson’s body went limp while waiting to fight on the undercard of Jarrett Hurd and Julian Williams, won by Williams. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, 1 June 2021 That said, the extras that come with the Masters of Photography course are limp. Barry Collins, Forbes, 16 May 2021 Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck and back as Floyd begged for breath and ultimately went limp while two other former officers — J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas K. Lane — restrained Floyd’s back and legs. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 The bread was limp and floppy, the bagels had no evidence of crispiness, and the waffles were still cold on the inside. Ashley Abramson, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Musk’s hosting gig might attract a spark of controversy, a ratings boost, and free publicity for SNL, but will likely result in another limp, lifeless series of sketches, echoing Trump’s appearance. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 7 May 2021 The jury of 12 people — six White, four Black and two multiracial — watched as both sides on Monday played back the viral footage of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd for more than nine minutes until the 46-year-old went limp. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 The doctor there, Imran Arbani, was immediately alarmed: The girl was limp and lethargic, her head flopped over on her father’s shoulder. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Limp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limp. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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

limp

intransitive verb
\ 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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