limpest

limp

2 [limp]
adjective, limper, limpest.
1.
lacking stiffness or firmness, as of substance, fiber, structure, or bodily frame: a limp body.
2.
lacking vitality; weary; tired; fatigued: Limp with exhaustion, she dropped into the nearest chair.
3.
without firmness, force, energy, etc., as of character: limp, spiritless prose.
4.
flexible; not stiff or rigid: a Bible in a limp leather binding.

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

limply, adverb
limpness, noun


1. flabby, flaccid, soft. 2, 3. feeble, weak.
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limp1 (lɪmp)
 
vb
1.  to walk with an uneven step, esp with a weak or injured leg
2.  to advance in a labouring or faltering manner
 
n
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]
 
'limper1
 
n
 
'limping1
 
adj, —n
 
'limpingly1
 
adv

limp2 (lɪmp)
 
adj
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]
 
'limply2
 
adv
 
'limpness2
 
n

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limp
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").

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