Limp Definition

lĭmp
limped, limpest, limping, limps, limper
verb
limped, limping, limps
To walk with or as with a lame or partially disabled leg or foot.
Webster's New World
To move or proceed unevenly, jerkily, or laboriously, as because of being impaired, defective, damaged, etc.
Webster's New World

(intransitive) To happen; befall; chance.

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To come upon; meet.

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(intransitive) To be inadequate or unsatisfactory.

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noun
limps
A halting gait or lameness in walking.
Webster's New World

A scraper of board or sheet-iron shaped like half the head of a small cask, used for scraping the ore off the sieve in the operation of hand-jigging.

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A scraper for removing poor ore or refuse from the sieve.

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A code-word among Jacobites, standing for Louis XIV, James II, Queen Mary of Modena and the Prince of Wales.

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adjective
limpest, limper
Lacking or having lost stiffness or body; flaccid, drooping, wilted, etc.
Webster's New World
Lacking firmness, energy, or vigor.
Webster's New World
Flexible, as the binding of some books.
Webster's New World
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(of a penis) Not erect.

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Other Word Forms of Limp

Noun

Singular:
limp
Plural:
limps

Adjective

Base Form:
limp
Comparative:
limper
Superlative:
limpest

Origin of Limp

  • From Middle English limpen, from Old English limpan (“to happen, occur, exist, belong to, suit, befit, concern"), from Proto-Germanic *limpanÄ… (“to glide, go, suit"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lemb-, *(s)lembÊ°- (“to hang loosely, hang limply"). Cognate with Scots limp (“to chance to be, come"), Middle Low German gelimpen (“to moderate, treat mildly"), Middle High German limfen (“to suit, become").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English *limp, *lemp, from Old English *lemp (found only in compound lemphealt (“limping"), from Proto-Germanic *limpanÄ… (“to hang down"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lemb-, *(s)lembÊ°- (“to hang loosely, hang limply"). Cognate with German lampecht (“flaccid, limp"), Icelandic lempinn, lempiligur (“pliable, gentle"). See above.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English *limpen, from Old English *limpan, *lympan, from Proto-Germanic *limpanÄ… (“to hang down"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lemb-, *(s)lembÊ°- (“to hang loosely, hang limply"). Cognate with Low German lumpen (“to limp"), German dialectal lampen (“to hang down loosely"), Icelandic limpa (“limpness, weakness").

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably from obsolete lymphault lame from Old English lemphealt lemp- hanging loosely -healt lame, limping

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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