Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To walk lamely, especially with irregularity, as if favoring one leg.
  • intransitive v. To move or proceed haltingly or unsteadily: The project limped along with half its previous funding.
  • n. An irregular, jerky, or awkward gait.
  • adj. Lacking or having lost rigidity, as of structure or substance.
  • adj. Lacking strength or firmness; weak or spiritless; a limp handshake; limp opposition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To happen; befall; chance.
  • v. To come upon; meet.
  • adj. flaccid; flabby, as flesh.
  • adj. lacking stiffness; flimsy; as, a limp cravat.
  • adj. not erect
  • adj. not having an erect penis
  • adj. physically weak
  • v. To be inadequate or unsatisfactory.
  • n. A scraper of board or sheet-iron shaped like half the head of a small cask, used for scraping the ore off the sieve in the operation of hand-jigging.
  • v. To walk lamely, as if favouring one leg.
  • v. To travel with a malfunctioning system of propulsion
  • v. To call.
  • n. An irregular, jerky or awkward gait
  • n. A scraper for removing poor ore or refuse from the sieve

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To halt; to walk lamely. Also used figuratively.
  • n. A halt; the act of limping.
  • n. A scraper for removing poor ore or refuse from the sieve.
  • adj. Flaccid; flabby, as flesh.
  • adj. Lacking stiffness; flimsy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lacking stiffness or firmness; weak in fiber or texture; flexible; limber; flaccid: applied to things or persons.
  • Lacking stability or firmness of character; inefficient; incapable.
  • To be inadequate or unsatisfactory.
  • To move with a halting or jerky step; walk lame: often used figuratively: as, a limping argument; limping verses.
  • n. A halting step; the act of limping.
  • To happen; befall; chance.
  • To come upon; meet.
  • n. A scraper of board or sheet-iron shaped like half the head of a small cask, used for scraping the ore off the sieve in the operation of hand-jigging.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not firm
  • v. proceed slowly or with difficulty
  • n. the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
  • adj. lacking in strength or firmness or resilience
  • v. walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury

Etymologies

Probably from obsolete lymphault, lame, from Old English lemphealt : lemp-, hanging loosely + -healt, lame, limping.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English limpen, from Old English limpan ("to happen, occur, exist, belong to, suit, befit, concern"), from Proto-Germanic *lempanan (“to glide, go, suit”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lemb-, *(s)lembʰ- (“to hang loosely, hang limply”). Cognate with Scots limp ("to chance to be, come"), Middle Low German gelimpen ("to moderate, treat mildly"), Middle High German limfen ("to suit, become"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English *limp, *lemp, from Old English *lemp (found only in compound lemphealt ("limping"), from Proto-Germanic *lempanan (“to hang down”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lemb-, *(s)lembʰ- (“to hang loosely, hang limply”). Cognate with German lampecht ("flaccid, limp"), Icelandic lempinn, lempiligur ("pliable, gentle"). See above. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English *limpen, from Old English *limpan, *lympan, from Proto-Germanic *lempanan (“to hang down”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lemb-, *(s)lembʰ- (“to hang loosely, hang limply”). Cognate with Low German lumpen ("to limp"), German dialectal lampen ("to hang down loosely"), Icelandic limpa ("limpness, weakness"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ronal Toussaint, who sometimes takes me around in his taptap -- pick-up converted to public transport vehicle -- on especially meeting-packed days, and who walks with a permanent limp from a building having fallen on him during the earthquake, evinced the spirit of resistance so common here.

    Beverly Bell: Surviving in Haiti

  • Her lower-topsails hung in limp emptiness from the yards, heavy with rain and flapping soggily when she rolled.

    CHAPTER XXVIII

  • A lifelong limp is adequate reward for their blasphemy.

    Horoscope for the week of March 2, 2008

  • I am a difference engine sheathed in limp meat, my only joy to theorize, calculate, and process.

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  • A body hangs limp from the orange yellow green parasail as it circles the bay behind a motorboat.

    Another Christmas In Batu Ferringhi

  • The tip of the baby finger on his left hand was missing, shot off in a gunfight that almost got us both killed, and he had the slightest limp from a knife wound he’d received saving my life in San Francisco many years before.

    Excerpt: Fear Itself by Walter Mosley

  • Rod Laver received a torrent of applause, walking with the slight limp from a stroke two years ago.

    Parade of champions generates goosebumps

  • The price of it in limp cloth covers, postpaid, is ten cents.

    The Golden Book of Favorite Songs

  • She put on an old-fashioned straight gown, which hung in limp folds around her; and Mrs. Sandford arranged a white handkerchief over her breast, tying it in the very same careless loose knot represented in the picture; but her management of Frederica's hair was the best thing.

    Melbourne House

  • "Would the term a limp rubber just go too far beyond the smut levels of even the OBO?" says "Lizzy Ammon".

    The Guardian World News

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