- The definition of limp is something that has lost stiffness or that is without energy and strength.
- A person who lets all his muscles go slack is an example of a person who is limp.
- Lettuce that is old and wilty is an example of lettuce that would be described as limp.
- To limp is defined as to walk with difficulty, often dragging at least one leg due to injury.
When you walk after you hurt your ankle and cannot put pressure on it, this is an example of a situation where you limp.
This mans injury causes him to limp.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to walk with or as with a lame or partially disabled leg
- to move or proceed unevenly, jerkily, or laboriously, as because of being impaired, defective, damaged, etc.
Origin: Middle English lympen from Old English limpan, to befall, occur (in a specialized sense, to walk lamely), akin to Middle High German limpfen, to walk with a limp, Old High German limfan, to befall, happen from Indo-European an unverified form (s)lemb- from base an unverified form leb-, to hang down, be limp from source slump, Middle High German lumpe, rag, Classical Latin labor, limbus
- lacking or having lost stiffness or body; flaccid, drooping, wilted, etc.
- lacking firmness, energy, or vigor
- flexible, as the binding of some books
Origin: from base of limp, akin to Middle High German lampen, to hang limply
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intransitive verb limped, limp·ing, limps
- To walk lamely, especially with irregularity, as if favoring one leg.
- To move or proceed haltingly or unsteadily: The project limped along with half its previous funding.
- Lacking or having lost rigidity, as of structure or substance.
- Lacking strength or firmness; weak or spiritless; a limp handshake; limp opposition.
Origin: Probably from obsolete lymphault, lame, from Old English lemphealt : lemp-, hanging loosely + -healt, lame, limping.
- limpˈly adverb
- limpˈness noun
limp - Medical Definition