limp Definition

  • 1walk with difficulty, typically because of a damaged or stiff leg or foot
  • 2not firm or stiff; lacking strength or energy

Using limp: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "limp" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He limped off the field after twisting his ankle.

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    The plant was limp from lack of water.

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    The party was a limp affair with no music or dancing.

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    The team's performance was limp and uninspired.

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    She gave a limp handshake that conveyed no confidence.

limp Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for limp

Antonyms for limp

Phrases with limp

  • a person who lacks energy or assertiveness


    He was such a limp noodle during the meeting, unable to make any decisions.

  • limp wrist

    a derogatory term for a man perceived as weak or effeminate


    The bully taunted him for having a limp wrist and not being able to throw a ball properly.

  • to continue with difficulty despite obstacles or challenges


    The business was limping along until they received a large investment.

Origins of limp

from Old English 'lympan', meaning 'to fall short'


Summary: limp in Brief

The term 'limp' [lɪmp] can be used as a verb or adjective. As a verb, it refers to walking with difficulty due to an injury or lack of strength. As an adjective, it means lacking firmness or energy. Examples include 'He limped off the field after twisting his ankle' and 'The plant was limp from lack of water.' Phrases like 'limp noodle' and 'limp wrist' are derogatory terms for people perceived as weak or lacking assertiveness.

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