1 [limp]
verb (used without object)
to walk with a labored, jerky movement, as when lame.
to proceed in a lame, faltering, or labored manner: His writing limps from one cliché to another. The old car limped along.
to progress slowly and with great difficulty; make little or no advance: an economy that limps along at a level just above total bankruptcy.
a lame movement or gait: The accident left him with a slight limp.

1560–70; back formation from obsolete limphault lame; Old English lemphealt limping (see halt2); akin to Middle High German limpfen to limp

limper, noun
limpingly, adverb Unabridged


2 [limp]
adjective, limper, limpest.
lacking stiffness or firmness, as of substance, fiber, structure, or bodily frame: a limp body.
lacking vitality; weary; tired; fatigued: Limp with exhaustion, she dropped into the nearest chair.
without firmness, force, energy, etc., as of character: limp, spiritless prose.
flexible; not stiff or rigid: a Bible in a limp leather binding.

1700–10; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic limpa slackness, limpilegur soft, flabby

limply, adverb
limpness, noun

1. flabby, flaccid, soft. 2, 3. feeble, weak. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
limp1 (lɪmp)
1.  to walk with an uneven step, esp with a weak or injured leg
2.  to advance in a labouring or faltering manner
3.  an uneven walk or progress
[C16: probably a back formation from obsolete limphalt lame, from Old English lemphealt; related to Middle High German limpfen to limp]
adj, —n

limp2 (lɪmp)
1.  not firm or stiff
2.  not energetic or vital
3.  (of the binding of a book) not stiffened with boards
[C18: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Icelandic limpa looseness]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, of uncertain origin, probably from O.E. lemphealt "halting, lame, limping," which has a lone cognate in the rare M.H.G. limphin, and probably ult. is from PIE base *lomb- "slack, loose, to hang down" (cf. Skt. lambate "hangs down," L. limbus "hem, border," M.H.G. lampen "to hang down").

1706, "flaccid, drooping," of obscure origin, perhaps related to limp (v.).
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Medical Dictionary

limp (lĭmp)
An irregular, jerky, or awkward gait; a claudication. v. limped, limp·ing, limps
To walk lamely, especially with irregularity, as if favoring one leg.

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Computing Dictionary

LIMP definition

["Messages in Typed Languages", J. Hunt et al, SIGPLAN Notices 14(1):27-45 (Jan 1979)].

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Example sentences
Thirteen surgeries later, he could walk again, with a limp and a cane.
Or he could limp on for a while, as head of a minority government.
They compare its effects to yanking repeatedly on a tightly coiled spring until
  it goes limp.
And, of course, that stops you dead until you jump over the dead battery and
  limp home.
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