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 But the results from Iowa may be grim for some of the Democratic presidential hopefuls, meaning some Californians’ favorite candidates could either pull out or be limping badly by the time votes are counted here. Jason W. Lloren, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Super bummed — 49ers simply can’t contain the Chiefs," 3 Feb. 2020 She had been abandoned by somebody, had a bad leg and was limping around, and was also quite skinny. Chad Pariano, cleveland, "Kitty the cat picked a good home: Send us your pet rescue stories," 16 Jan. 2020 Sans forward Colin Wilson, who is still limping around the Avalanche practice facility, the Avs are finally healthy and playing at full-strength. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avalanche mixes up lines, power-play units in search for spark," 30 Dec. 2019 The injection wore off in a day and Augustus was again limping up the stairs, step by step. V. S. Naipaul, The New Yorker, "The Strangeness of Grief," 30 Dec. 2019 So was Chris Wagner, who was limping after blocking an Alex Pietrangelo blast with his left foot in Saturday’s 3-0 win over the Blues. BostonGlobe.com, "David Pastrnak," 28 Oct. 2019 Joe Craycraft replaced Mays, who was limping after taking several hits, including back-to-back sacks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gibbs, South Dakota State beat Youngstown State 38-28," 12 Oct. 2019 Huntley went 22-for-30 with 210 yards and one touchdown, but was noticeably limping late in the contest with an apparent foot injury. Si Wire, SI.com, "Washington State vs. Utah Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Start Time," 28 Sep. 2019 That Rodgers had a relatively abysmal 2018 season shouldn’t come as a great shock, as Green Bay’s stale offense had run its course, the team’s head coach had mailed it in, and Rodgers was limping around on one leg for much of the season. C.d. Carter, Sports Illustrated, "Reliability of Career Touchdown Rate Bodes Well for These Quarterbacks," 20 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Despite a childhood bout of polio that left him with a permanent limp, Glassman was always a natural athlete. Tessa Love, Outside Online, "Greg Glassman’s Easy Health Care Fix: More CrossFit," 16 Jan. 2020 Authorities scoured the North Side neighborhood of Lincoln Park for a particular coyote with a limp seen multiple times over the past week and warned residents to watch their small animals amid reported attacks on dogs. Hannah Knowles, Anchorage Daily News, "Coyotes may have attacked Chicagoans twice this week after years of leaving people alone," 10 Jan. 2020 Kirkpatrick walked off the field with no noticeable limp and told The Enquirer that his knee is feeling better. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals 'frustrated' over inability to run the football," 4 Nov. 2019 Simmons, out since severely spraining his left ankle on May 20, played in two rehab games last week but moved around with a noticeable limp. Maria Torres, latimes.com, "Shohei Ohtani says he’d be honored to compete in home run derby," 23 June 2019 Patterson, who was 60 years old and carried a distinct limp from a World War I injury, ran for attorney general on a platform of cleaning up the graft. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Alabama Bicentennial: 200 years of political scandals and scrapes," 4 Dec. 2019 Peter Fonda plays a lonely beekeeper with a persistent limp, a gruff demeanor and a lifetime’s worth of regrets. Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: ‘Easy Rider’ made Peter Fonda an icon. ‘Ulee’s Gold’ made him an actor to remember," 17 Aug. 2019 He’s now without a limp and able to blow kisses at his mother before heading off to school each day. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, "Boy thrown from third-floor of Mall of America returns to school, says he was caught by angels," 23 Nov. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Seventeen hours in Breakfast time, and there’s no limp sausage. Los Angeles Times, "I took the world’s first 20-hour flight. Here’s what it did to me," 19 Oct. 2019 Nicolas Otamendi put in a limp tackle, and the Mexican forward wriggled free before squaring the ball to Traore. SI.com, "Man City 0-2 Wolves: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Adama Traore Double Stuns Champions," 6 Oct. 2019 In the 77th minute, Ruan took a hit to the head that knocked him limp for several seconds. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City closes season with 5-2 home loss to Chicago Fire," 8 Oct. 2019 Instead, after years of heat damage (including the torture tests of my pageant competition days), my hair was a strange mix of waves, limp curls, and random straight pieces. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "I Went Heat-Free For 365 Days — & This Is What My Hair Looks Like Now," 21 Jan. 2020 Sauté onion, celery and carrot over medium heat until onion is limp, about 5 minutes. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Testing recipes brought a steady stream of new dishes to my table. A few became favorites.," 7 Jan. 2020 The evidence includes bodycam footage in which Gallagher is seen over the limp ISIS fighter's body before the camera is switched off. CBS News, "Fellow Navy SEALs call Edward Gallagher "toxic" and "evil" in never-before-seen interviews," 27 Dec. 2019 The escargot were lukewarm and limp despite the promise that the snails were roasted in a bath of walnut-garlic butter. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Lackluster food falls short at this established French restaurant on Louisville's East End," 27 Nov. 2019 Bobo, 2-13 lifetime with the Rams vs. CU, Air Force and Wyoming, quacks with a limp these days. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Keeler: Mike Bobo just became the Clay Helton of the Mountain West Conference," 23 Nov. 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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Time Traveler for limp

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The first known use of limp was circa 1570

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Last Updated

20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Limp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limp. Accessed 29 Feb. 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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