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limp

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verb \ˈlimp\

Definition of limp

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to proceed slowly or with difficulty the ship limped back to port

limper

noun

Examples of limp in a sentence

  1. The injured player limped off the court.

  2. The dog was limping slightly.

  3. The damaged ship limped back to port.

  4. The company has somehow managed to limp along despite the bad economy.

Origin and Etymology of limp

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


First Known Use: circa 1570


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limp

noun

Definition of limp

  1. :  a limping movement or gait

Examples of limp in a sentence

  1. We noticed that the dog was walking with a slight limp.

Origin and Etymology of limp

see 1limp


First Known Use: 1818


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limp

adjective

Definition of limp

  1. 1a :  lacking firm texture, substance, or structure limp curtains her hair hung limp about her shouldersb :  not stiff or rigid a book in a limp binding

  2. 2a :  weary, exhausted limp with fatigueb :  lacking in strength, vigor, or firmness :  spiritless

limply

adverb

limpness

noun

Examples of limp in a sentence

  1. He gave me a very limp handshake.

  2. This plant isn't doing well—look how limp the leaves are.

  3. Her hair hung limp around her shoulders.

  4. I suddenly went limp and collapsed on the floor.

  5. He was limp with fatigue.

Origin and Etymology of limp

akin to 1limp


First Known Use: circa 1706


LIMP Defined for English Language Learners

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limp

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verb \ˈlimp\

Definition of limp for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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limp

noun

Definition of limp for English Language Learners

  • : a slow and awkward way of walking caused by an injury to a leg or foot


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limp

adjective

Definition of limp for English Language Learners

  • : having an unpleasantly soft or weak quality : not firm or stiff

  • : feeling very tired


LIMP Defined for Kids

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limp

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verb \ˈlimp\

Definition of limp for Students

limped

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limping

  1. :  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


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limp

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noun

Definition of limp for Students

  1. :  a slow or uneven way of walking caused by an injury to a leg or foot


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limp

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adjective

Definition of limp for Students

  1. :  not firm or stiff The limp plants needed water.

limply

adverb

Medical Dictionary

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limp

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intransitive verb \ˈlimp\

Medical Definition of limp

  1. 1:  to walk lamely; especially :  to walk favoring one leg

  2. 2:  to go unsteadily


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limp

noun

Medical Definition of limp

  1. :  a limping movement or gait



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