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 As the economy limps into the second quarter, the reins on local governments are being loosened. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China Is Powering Up Again. That Might Not Be a Good Thing.," 15 May 2020 Others are limping by, operating at limited capacity mandated by the state’s phased economic reopening plan, according to Eubanks-Ohana. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska child care providers will soon get federal and state aid, but the money won’t last long," 14 May 2020 In fact, Texas was limping through another 5-7 season when Caden committed to Ed Orgeron and LSU. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "‘She deserves the world’: How Texas safety Caden Sterns’ relationship with his mother kept him from choosing LSU," 10 May 2020 The 747 is limping on—but only just, with two-thirds of the 1,500 planes produced since the 1960s no longer in service. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "The wide-body plane may be another casualty of coronavirus," 2 May 2020 Bleeding Edge, meanwhile, limped into formal retail existence with great ideas and a scant number of players—or viewers—jumping into them, in spite of the game being wholly free as part of Xbox Game Pass. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Valorant makes you watch before you play—that’ll change online games forever," 13 Apr. 2020 Da’Quincy Pittman limps into school on a rainy Monday morning in late February. Caroline Anders, Indianapolis Star, "6 gunshots, 5 surgeries, weeks of rehab: An Indianapolis teen struggles to return to class," 9 Mar. 2020 Without a strong showing in South Carolina, Biden’s campaign will be limping into Super Tuesday. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "‘We're alive and we're coming back’: Joe Biden stakes presidential bid on crucial South Carolina primary," 23 Feb. 2020 Nine weeks and nine games later, Memorial limped into the offseason with a 2-8 season record and 1-6 district mark. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena Memorial’s first head football coach passes away," 30 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both men were heavyset, with tired eyes; Smokes, who had knee and hip problems, walked with a limp. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "A Murder Trial in Reverse," 24 Feb. 2020 Following the play, Tate walked off the field with a noticeable limp. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate suffers MCL sprain in Week 14 loss," 9 Dec. 2019 Airport surveillance captured Alani, who walks with a limp, working on the plane's nose for about seven minutes. Fox News, "American Airlines mechanic shared ‘disturbing’ ISIS videos, told agents he had ‘evil side,’ prosecutors say," 19 Sep. 2019 After the game, Tatum was spotted by reporters leaving the arena wearing a show and without much of a limp. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Celtics' Jayson Tatum Sprains Ankle as Team USA Escapes Upset by Turkey in Overtime," 3 Sep. 2019 My stepmother knew a boy across the street who was in a wheelchair and a girl at school who walked with a limp. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020 Jackson walked into the indoor practice facility toward the end of the open portion of practice and appeared to have a slight limp. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens’ Lamar Jackson, Ronnie Stanley dealing with injuries ahead of Thursday night game vs. Jets," 9 Dec. 2019 The man, who appeared to walk with a slight limp, briefly paused in front of the two children before moving along, the video showed. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "‘They saw an opportunity to take a young child’: Two face charges after 3-year-old abducted from party found dead," 24 Oct. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As the paramedics lifted the limp body of their last cardiac arrest patient into the ambulance that afternoon, four other medics, suited up with personal protective equipment, raced frantically around the gurney. Ali Watkins, New York Times, "‘Possible Covid’: Why the Lulls Never Last for Weary E.M.S. Crews," 27 Apr. 2020 By that point, HSI agents had pulled Jose’s limp body from the Trailblazer and rolled him onto the street, face up. azcentral, "How ICE agents' arrest turned into a fatal Ahwatukee shootout," 24 Feb. 2020 The Dispatch reports that investigators are looking for the good samaritan who alerted security to the man's limp body lying on a concrete path between the lawn and the pavillion's seats. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Police Investigating Man's Death at Dave Matthews Band Concert in St. Louis: Report," 23 May 2019 Wiederkehr and her fellow activists called in a complaint in August, saying Forrest Gump was working with a limp and open sores on his leg. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Meet the woman leading the charge to ban horse-drawn carriages in Chicago: ‘She’s relentless — in a good way’," 28 Oct. 2019 Brush bristles are studded between the plastic teeth to prevent tangling or breakage and to volumize limp strands. Jacqueline Kilikita, refinery29.com, "Is Revlon’s One-Step Dryer Really Worth The Hype?," 24 Mar. 2020 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 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 Pick rhubarb stalks early in the morning, and look for nice plump stems, avoiding ones that are limp or slimy. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Are you a ’barbarian? Let rhubarb’s tart-sweet flavor shine in more than pie," 13 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'limp.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Limp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limp. Accessed 2 Jun. 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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