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[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
1700–10; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic limpa slackness, limpilegur soft, flabby
Related forms
limply, adverb
limpness, noun
Synonyms
1. flabby, flaccid, soft. 2, 3. feeble, weak.
British Dictionary definitions for limply
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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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.).
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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.

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Tile value for limply

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