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

halt, hobble

Synonyms: Adjective

droopy, flaccid, floppy, lank, yielding

Antonyms: Verb

stride

Antonyms: Adjective

inflexible, resilient, rigid, stiff, sturdy, tense

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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 not only have the reigning Spanish champions been without Messi, a calf complaint has also limited Luis Suarez to just 37 minutes of action, limping out of the Athletic defeat in the first half. SI.com, "Injury Update on Lionel Messi Ahead of Barcelona's La Liga Clash With Valencia," 11 Sep. 2019 The New England Patriots tight end limped away from the game after the team's Super Bowl victory, a deep quadriceps bruise the latest blow in a stellar career that also was marked by numerous injuries and nine surgeries. Cindy Boren, courant.com, "Rob Gronkowski says ‘football was bringing me down,’ but he’s open to a return," 27 Aug. 2019 Leonard limped out of the Lucas Oil Stadium locker room on Sept. 30 in a walking boot. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Hit hard and carry a big chip — Colts LB Darius Leonard will never be satisfied," 11 June 2019 Hiura, who was knocked off his feet by a hard slide into second base by Schwarber in the third inning, came up limping in the fifth while running to first on a grounder to short, and went right to the clubhouse. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cubs 7, Brewers 1: Anderson shelled early, Hiura exits with injury as slide continues," 30 Aug. 2019 Collier, the team’s first-round pick (No. 29) in the 2019 NFL draft, sustained the injury during an 11-on-11 drill near the end of practice and limped to the sideline with assistance. oregonlive.com, "Seattle Seahawks’ L.J. Collier carted off the field with leg injury," 31 July 2019 Because while both teams head into the final undefeated, the U.S. has blitzed the competition while the Dutch are limping to the finish line. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Women’s World Cup final: U.S. and Netherlands coaches making history," 6 July 2019 The sight of Thompson limping to the free-throw line was instantly iconic. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The Raptors’ Joyous N.B.A. Finals Victory Brings the Warriors Dynasty to an End," 14 June 2019 Athletic trainers tended to the 31-year-old Smith, who limped off the field on his own power and later walked to the locker room. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith to undergo MRI on Monday after suffering right knee injury," 8 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Johnson had a noticeable but slight limp and was dressed in sweats on Oregon’s sideline at AT&T Stadium. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks WR Juwan Johnson (leg), TE Cam McCormick (ankle) miss second straight game," 8 Sep. 2019 Wide receiver Isaah Crocker, who was limited Wednesday, was back to full-go this morning but freshman Lance Wilhoite was limited with a noticeable limp and taped up right hamstring. oregonlive.com, "Oregon fall camp Day 6 practice observations: Starting CB, backup DL, freshmen DB, WR limited, RB returns," 8 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 President Clinton’s limp response to Dar es Salaam and Nairobi probably encouraged al-Qaeda to carry out the 9/11 attacks. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Age of Miscalculation," 19 Aug. 2019 But firms’ aversion to increasing prices may be as much a consequence of limp inflation as a contributor to it. The Economist, "Prices for many goods do not move the way economists think they should," 8 Aug. 2019 And, if your hair still needs extra moisture, try to keep the conditioner concentrated on the ends — too much near your scalp could leave hair flat and limp. Beth Janes, Good Housekeeping, "Are You Moisturizing Your Skin Correctly?," 2 Aug. 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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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
\ 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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