follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

limp2

[limp] /lɪmp/
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
1700-1710
1700-10; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic limpa slackness, limpilegur soft, flabby
Related forms
limply, adverb
limpness, noun
Synonyms
1. flabby, flaccid, soft. 2, 3. feeble, weak.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for limply

limp1

/lɪmp/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to walk with an uneven step, esp with a weak or injured leg
2.
to advance in a labouring or faltering manner
noun
3.
an uneven walk or progress
Derived Forms
limper, noun
limping, adjective, noun
limpingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: probably a back formation from obsolete limphalt lame, from Old English lemphealt; related to Middle High German limpfen to limp

limp2

/lɪmp/
adjective
1.
not firm or stiff
2.
not energetic or vital
3.
(of the binding of a book) not stiffened with boards
Derived Forms
limply, adverb
limpness, noun
Word Origin
C18: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Icelandic limpa looseness
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for limply
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.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
limply in Medicine

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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for limp

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for limply

13
16
Scrabble Words With Friends