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 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, "SOS messages, open-air crematories, panic as coronavirus breaks India’s health system: ‘Please send oxygen to us’," 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, "Twins clobbered 10-3 by Angels in opening game of West Coast road trip," 17 Apr. 2021 Sometimes, though, the support simply provides cheap funds that help unsustainable companies limp on. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Zombies Could Stunt the Bank Recovery," 12 Jan. 2021 Donovan Mitchell crumpled to the floor, couldn’t limp away on his own, needing help into the locker room, his right leg unusable. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Jazz will ‘figure out’ playing without Donovan Mitchell," 16 Apr. 2021 Saweetie pulls herself up off the floor and appears to limp out of the elevator. NBC News, "Rappers Quavo and Saweetie break silence on elevator dispute," 2 Apr. 2021 The Tar Heels limp into the offseason short on answers, stuck in a deeper rut than at any point in Williams' tenure. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "North Carolina limps into the offseason after embarrassing loss against Wisconsin," 20 Mar. 2021 Many have closed down, and others continue to limp through the recovery. Will Mcgough, Forbes, "New York City Restauranteurs Are Flocking To Miami. Here’s A Few To Check Out," 18 Mar. 2021 At the first sight of rain clouds, Kay Ward would limp through her home gathering buckets and kitchen pots and pans. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "A disabled Navy veteran’s roof was crumbling — then a Mesquite company with a heart for service stepped in," 11 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "What Did the Sacklers Know?," 23 Apr. 2021 Officers checked on a report April 8 of a man walking slowly with a limp but did not locate him. cleveland, "Woman retracts report of domestic violence; charged for falsification: Gates Mills Police Blotter," 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, "Mare of Easttown scrambles intriguing family drama with a drab mystery: Review," 15 Apr. 2021 The reset of the season was just a limp to the finish. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "San Diego Padres RHP Joe Musgrove throws first no-hitter in franchise history against Texas Rangers," 9 Apr. 2021 The clip then jumps to a scene of the woman identified as Salazar lying limp on the street and the officers looking down at her. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times, "Death of Salvadoran woman after police arrest in Mexico sparks outrage," 29 Mar. 2021 Duarte, Oregon’s leading scorer (17.8 points), injured his right ankle in Thursday’s loss against Washington State and wore a walking boot on Saturday with a considerable limp. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon men’s basketball expects Eric Williams Jr. back next week, leading scorer Chris Duarte in 1-2 weeks," 6 Feb. 2021 The neighbor man was short-waisted with powerful arms, and walked with a limp. Chris Offutt, Harper's Magazine, "The Holler Men," 16 Mar. 2021 Prescott walked into the atrium for Wednesday’s press conference without a limp. David Moore, Dallas News, "After enduring many mental, physical obstacles, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott’s now reaping the rewards," 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "Can Elon Musk Fill The Trump-Shaped Hole In ‘SNL’?," 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, "Jury deliberations resume as nation awaits decision in landmark case on policing in America," 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, "The City Losing Its Children to H.I.V.," 31 Mar. 2021 Many described feeling helpless and guilty as Floyd gasped for air, pleaded for his life and finally fell limp and silent, his eyes rolling back in his head. Steve Karnowski And Amy Forliti, Chron, "Firefighter blocked from helping Floyd returns to stand," 31 Mar. 2021 Many testified about feelings of helplessness and guilt as Floyd gasped for air, pleaded for his life and finally fell limp and silent, his eyes rolling back in his head. Steve Karnowski, Anchorage Daily News, "Witnesses: Onlooker anger increased as George Floyd stopped moving under officer’s knee," 30 Mar. 2021 After the Twin Cities erupted in flames last June following the death of George Floyd, Pillsbury House Theatre, just two blocks from where Floyd's limp body was loaded into an ambulance, stepped into the breach. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, "Arts leader Faye Price steps down after 21 years at Pillsbury House Theatre," 4 Apr. 2021 One clip from Chauvin's own body camera showed him defending his actions to a critical bystander just moments after Floyd's limp body left the scene in an ambulance. Eric Levenson, CNN, "George Floyd's girlfriend describes what kind of person he was on fourth day of Derek Chauvin trial," 1 Apr. 2021 Chauvin didn’t move even as Floyd’s body went limp. Michael Tarm, ajc, "EXPLAINER: Video dominates trial in George Floyd's death," 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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13 May 2021

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“Limp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limp. Accessed 17 May. 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
\ 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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