(comparative more limply, superlative most limply)
- In a limp manner, without support or resistance.
- The flag hung limply in the still air.
limp + -ly
Variant of limp
- 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 of limpMiddle 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
a halting gait or lameness in walking