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Definition of "limp" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "limp" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "Her lower-topsails hung in limp emptiness from the yards, heavy with rain and flapping soggily when she rolled."
  • "A lifelong limp is adequate reward for their blasphemy."