Main definitions of limp in English

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limp1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Walk with difficulty, typically because of a damaged or stiff leg or foot.

    ‘he limped heavily as he moved’
    [with adverbial of direction] ‘he limped off during Saturday's game’
    • ‘She bent down to clutch her leg, limping more heavily upon it as she moved towards the bed, then sat heavily upon it.’
    • ‘The caravan of cars was accompanied by men and women on bicycles and limping along by foot.’
    • ‘Angela quickly recovered from her stumble, and began to limp while walking ahead of him, hoping he wouldn't notice.’
    • ‘Biting his tongue, he pulled himself to his feet and limped across the room to his bed.’
    • ‘They watched as the goat struggled to its feet and limped away, bleating in protest at this unexpected treatment.’
    • ‘He lightly brushed Arin away and walked over to Karras, limping heavily on his right leg.’
    • ‘Thompson, who has a badly bruised foot and limped from the dismal fray early in the second-half on Tuesday, could be out for two weeks.’
    • ‘Meghan climbed to her feet, still limping on her injured leg, and looked around at the crowd of girls.’
    • ‘James was bleeding from a large gash on his forehead, while Ryan was limping heavily and his shirt was torn.’
    • ‘It took Ryre five days before he could manage to walk without limping.’
    • ‘The end of the shell pierced the bottom of my foot as I limped to the steps.’
    • ‘Jason finally gets onto one foot and begins to limp with the other one.’
    • ‘Now he's got a large bruise on his foot and is limping pretty badly on it.’
    • ‘He limped heavily as his co-pilot helped him to walk; it appeared as thought he man's leg was broken.’
    • ‘He staggered to his feet, limping towards the entrance of the cave, his body searing with pain each time he moved.’
    • ‘I watched as the driver of the car came to his feet, he was limping on his left leg.’
    • ‘The pain can be so severe the patient limps or hobbles around with the affected heel off the ground.’
    • ‘We both started cracking up when we looked to the back and saw that Guy was still limping on one foot to the boys locker room.’
    • ‘Ideally, these steaks should arrive as hard and dense as diamonds; drop them on your foot and you'll limp for a week.’
    • ‘If your child shows signs of joint swelling, stiffness or pain or just limps for no obvious reason, take your child to your family doctor.’
    hobble, walk with a limp, walk with difficulty, walk lamely, walk haltingly, walk unevenly, falter
    shuffle, shamble, totter, dodder, stagger, stumble
    hirple
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    1. 1.1[with adverbial of direction](of a damaged ship, aircraft, or vehicle) proceed with difficulty.
      ‘the badly damaged aircraft limped back to Sicily’
      • ‘Three days later the boat limps into Newport, a few mattresses stuffed into the broken-off tip of the hull to keep the water out.’
      • ‘I soon found out how difficult it would be to limp the aircraft home.’
      • ‘A damaged Cardassian ship limps into the station carrying a Cardassian reformist and her two pupils.’
      • ‘It strikes me as curious that a relatively new car limps into the garage, rasping and wheezing like a parched man crawling on all fours towards a mirage of an oasis, but then pulls off purring contentedly like the cat that got the cream.’
      • ‘Because it handles like a Formula 1 car limping into the pits with four burst tyres.’
      • ‘Sadly it has been damaged and is presently limping into Cascais, Portugal.’
      • ‘After 37 days at sea his ship limped into Sydney after being torpedoed by a German U-boat.’
      • ‘It was able to limp about a half mile away and crash land.’
      • ‘The gunners managed to shoot down two of the attackers before the aircraft was badly hit, limping back to base on two of its four engines.’
      • ‘Soldiers silhouetted by a pink sunset watched their battle-worn vehicles limp back into camp.’
      • ‘Its bow was severely damaged, and 23 sailors were hurt too badly to stand watch as the vessel limped back to Guam.’
      • ‘All the punishment dished out meant only eight cars could limp out for the demolition derby in which Bill Bylett ground the opposition to a halt.’

noun

  • A tendency to limp; a gait impeded by injury or stiffness.

    ‘the accident left him with a pronounced limp’
    • ‘Testimony to the battering that his body took from falls are metal pins inserted in both arms, plates and screws holding his legs together, and a pronounced limp.’
    • ‘He watched her, wordlessly, using a carefully organized gait to hide the limp.’
    • ‘Janet's memories of her father are all of a man with a limp.’
    • ‘The person in the centre with the trilby is undoubtedly my grandfather Jack Caton, because of his pronounced limp.’
    • ‘Later, at the Croatia team base further down the mountain, she shuffles up the stairs ahead of me with a pronounced limp.’
    • ‘He walked to the sink with a slight limp from a battle injury he'd gotten years before either of his children had come to him, from nature or from science.’
    • ‘The swelling has gone down but the lamb still has a limp.’
    • ‘He was also wearing a pair of thin, silver-rimmed glasses and walks with a pronounced limp in his left leg.’
    • ‘William Gallas had to remain in the fray despite an injury that gave him an ever more pronounced limp.’
    • ‘He was gravely wounded in World War I, leaving him with a pronounced limp for the rest of his life.’
    • ‘A limp may develop, with associated stiffness.’
    • ‘Eonsas was a big man, in at least his fiftieth turn, still strong but developing a pronounced limp on his left side.’
    • ‘His injuries are still with him; he cannot raise his arms above his shoulders; he still has a slight limp.’
    • ‘He spent nearly a year in hospital in 1945 as a result of a leg wound and walked with a pronounced limp for the rest of his life.’
    • ‘It didn't seem like a very big deal at the time, and in fact I had all but forgotten about it until I woke up this morning with a pronounced limp.’
    • ‘They have a pitcher whose right leg is an inch shorter than his left leg, giving him a limp in his gait.’
    • ‘The crowd that December night at the Boulder Theater included a man in a wheelchair with two broken ankles, a pair on crutches, and a handful of others with pronounced limps.’
    • ‘The limp can be related to an injury or sometimes may occur for no apparent reason.’
    • ‘Earlier injuries would be crucial in identifying Uday, who was hit by 17 bullets in an assassination attempt in 1996 that left him with a limp.’
    • ‘He got up from his sitting position and, with a slight limp in his gait, he ran towards the battlefield.’
    lameness, hobble, uneven gait, shuffle
    claudication
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘fall short of’): related to obsolete limphalt ‘lame’, and probably of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation:

limp

/lɪmp/

Main definitions of limp in English

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limp2

adjective

  • 1Lacking internal strength or structure; not stiff or firm.

    ‘she let her whole body go limp’
    ‘the flags hung limp and still’
    • ‘He wanted her limp body curled around a soft teddy bear now.’
    • ‘Then he went limp, his hand slacked and his head sunk back.’
    • ‘As soon as he was safe from the sea's cold clutches, Arrigo covered his sister's limp form with his jacket, then collapsed beside her.’
    • ‘Raven watched as a limp arm was slid through the biggest of the board cracks to hang there like a piece of meat before him.’
    • ‘The cover of the tank opened, and Kompuu's limp body fell out.’
    • ‘In a fashion shoot called Doll Drums, the model lies limp and stiff, draped over chairs as if she'd been thrown there by a petulant child.’
    • ‘Forbes lifted the limp figure into his arms and placed him under the covers of the thick blankets.’
    • ‘Under his increasingly limp fingers, the antennae stiffened, then pulled back, away from his head.’
    • ‘Sarah screamed hysterically as she pulled on her mother's limp arm, covered with deep cuts and bloodstains.’
    • ‘It was much larger than it had first appeared, and had dark red and blue feathers covering its limp body.’
    • ‘He threw Annabelle's limp body over his shoulder with sheer brute strength, and then proceeded into the dark room.’
    • ‘Dori's body stiffened, and then she went limp, slumping to the floor.’
    • ‘Avoid bunches that have thin, limp leaves that are pale-green or yellow or bunches with extremely large or blemished stalks.’
    • ‘Survivors, alone or in pairs, carried away limp victims covered with blood and sand.’
    • ‘Suddenly, he had the urge to kiss her until she went soft and limp in his arms.’
    • ‘Aaron's body went limp for a second, blood covering his mouth, then broke into spasms.’
    • ‘I was pretty damn sure I had turned completely white; I felt stiff, limp, and heavy all at once.’
    • ‘Her head was limp and floppy and she hung like a rag doll.’
    • ‘A woman in her mid-fifties stood on a ladder organizing books on a top shelf, her stiff, dark hair long since made limp by the humidity.’
    • ‘Pramoto, a man with a soft face and a limp cigarette, lay sprawled on a rickshaw seat.’
    soft, flaccid, loose, slack, lacking firmness, lax, unfirm, pliable, not taut, relaxed
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    1. 1.1Having or denoting a book cover that is not stiffened with board.
    2. 1.2Without energy or vigour.
      ‘a limp handshake’
      • ‘The girl's brown eyes looked coolly at her, taking Manda's hand in a limp handshake.’
      • ‘The handshake was moist and limp, the type that made any soldier or field officer cringe.’
      • ‘Her opposite hand shaking, she put it around the limp wrist.’
      • ‘Besides, there was food right here, all he had to do was hypnotize her, or hit her with enough psychic energy to make her limp and unconscious.’
      • ‘Zeke watched horrified, as Zhore went limp and his energy faded into nothingness.’
      • ‘She had no energy left to direct Hawk and sat there limp and lifeless as a rag doll.’
      • ‘The most common blunders include being late for the interview, dirty finger nails, slouching in the seat and having a wet, limp handshake.’
      • ‘Still feeling sick, he was completely limp without any energy.’
      • ‘If your entire body is achy, tired, and limp, you need to replenish your energies.’
      • ‘His hand-shake was as limp as ever but even more damp.’
      • ‘Limp Handshakes annoy me intensely, I don't care who it's from.’
      • ‘Like a limp handshake, this beer lacked substance and character; however our pack on the next table seemed to be drinking it easily enough!’
      • ‘This production could have used more aggressive direction from Barbara Larose to spark the limp energy of the cast.’
      • ‘Too tired to argue, I hung like a limp rag doll to his arm as he half carried me effortlessly through a maze of corridors.’
      • ‘She offered a limp handshake, maintaining eye contact with the wall space just above my head.’
      • ‘A limp handshake and a thank-you for rounding out the end of an otherwise mundane Sunday.’
      • ‘She said in a slurred voice while she went limp in his arms, she energy spent.’
      • ‘Foster stared at her hand as if it was a snake, before she reluctantly took it in a limp handshake.’

Origin

Early 18th century: of unknown origin; perhaps related to limp, having the basic sense hanging loose.

Pronunciation:

limp

/lɪmp/