limp

limp
limp
limp1 [limp]
vi.
[ME lympen < OE limpan, to befall, occur (in a specialized sense, to walk lamely), akin to MHG limpfen, to walk with a limp, OHG limfan, to befall, happen < IE * (s)lemb- < base * leb-, to hang down, be limp > SLUMP, MHG lumpe, rag, L labor, limbus]
1. to walk with or as with a lame or partially disabled leg
2. to move or proceed unevenly, jerkily, or laboriously, as because of being impaired, defective, damaged, etc.
n.
a halting gait or lameness in walking
limper
n.
limpingly
adv.
limp2 [limp]
adj.
[< base of LIMP1, akin to MHG lampen, to hang limply]
1. lacking or having lost stiffness or body; flaccid, drooping, wilted, etc.
2. lacking firmness, energy, or vigor
3. flexible, as the binding of some books
limply
adv.
limpness
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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