There are 2 definitions of limp in English:

limp1

Syllabification: limp
Pronunciation: /limp
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1Walk with difficulty, typically because of a damaged or stiff leg or foot: he limped heavily as he moved [with adverbial of direction]: he limped off during Saturday’s game
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    • He staggered to his feet, limping towards the entrance of the cave, his body searing with pain each time he moved.
    • Angela quickly recovered from her stumble, and began to limp while walking ahead of him, hoping he wouldn't notice.
    • Ideally, these steaks should arrive as hard and dense as diamonds; drop them on your foot and you'll limp for a week.
    Synonyms
    hobble, walk with a limp, walk lamely, walk unevenly, walk haltingly, hitch, falter, stumble, lurch
  • 1.1 [with adverbial of direction] (Of a damaged ship, aircraft, or vehicle) proceed with difficulty: the badly damaged aircraft limped back to Sicily
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    • After 37 days at sea his ship limped into Sydney after being torpedoed by a German U-boat.
    • Soldiers silhouetted by a pink sunset watched their battle-worn vehicles limp back into camp.
    • I soon found out how difficult it would be to limp the aircraft home.

noun

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  • A tendency to limp; a gait impeded by injury or stiffness: he walked with a limp
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    • He watched her, wordlessly, using a carefully organized gait to hide the limp.
    • He got up from his sitting position and, with a slight limp in his gait, he ran towards the battlefield.
    • They have a pitcher whose right leg is an inch shorter than his left leg, giving him a limp in his gait.
    Synonyms
    lameness, a hobble, an uneven gait; Medicine claudication

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'fall short of'): related to obsolete limphalt 'lame', and probably of Germanic origin.

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There are 2 definitions of limp in English:

limp2

Syllabification: limp
Pronunciation: /
 
limp/

adjective

  • 1Lacking internal strength or structure; not stiff or firm: she let her whole body go limp the flags hung limp and still
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    • I was pretty damn sure I had turned completely white; I felt stiff, limp, and heavy all at once.
    • In a fashion shoot called Doll Drums, the model lies limp and stiff, draped over chairs as if she'd been thrown there by a petulant child.
    • Pramoto, a man with a soft face and a limp cigarette, lay sprawled on a rickshaw seat.
  • 1.1Having or denoting a book cover that is not stiffened with board.
  • 1.2Without energy or will: he was feeling too limp to argue a limp handshake
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    • This production could have used more aggressive direction from Barbara Larose to spark the limp energy of the cast.
    • Still feeling sick, he was completely limp without any energy.
    • Like a limp handshake, this beer lacked substance and character; however our pack on the next table seemed to be drinking it easily enough!
    Synonyms
    tired, fatigued, weary, exhausted, worn out; lethargic, listless, spiritless, weak

Derivatives

limply

adverb
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  • Above the store's signboard, drying shirts hang limply from the window grill.
  • The way she hung limply in her fathers arms made him believe she was already dead.
  • There are few visual images more saddening than a flag, limply draped at half-mast.

limpness

noun
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  • The senator's action even obliquely rebuked Democrats for the limpness of their opposition.
  • The new persona has to stand out - and here Michael Howard's problem is the limpness of his statement.
  • He describes contemporary literature as being characterised by limpness, as having lost its potency.

Origin

early 18th century: of unknown origin; perhaps related to limp1, having the basic sense 'hanging loose'.

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