AskDefine | Define limp

Dictionary Definition

limp adj
1 lacking in strength or firmness or resilience; "flaccid muscles"; "took his lax hand in hers"; "gave a limp handshake"; "a limp gesture as if waving away all desire to know" G.K.Chesterton; "a slack grip" [syn: flaccid, lax, slack]
2 not firm; "wilted lettuce" [syn: wilted] n : the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg [syn: hitch, hobble]


1 walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury; "The old woman hobbles down to the store every day" [syn: hobble, hitch]
2 proceed slowly or with difficulty; "the boat limped into the harbor"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. An irregular, jerky or awkward gait
  2. A scraper for removing poor ore or refuse from the sieve


An irregular, jerky or awkward gait
A scraper for removing poor ore or refuse from the sieve


  1. To walk lamely, as if favouring one leg. Also used figuratively.
  2. In the context of "poker slang|intransitive": To call.


To walk lamely, as if favouring one leg


  1. Flaccid; flabby, as flesh.
  2. Lacking stiffness; flimsy; as, a limp cravat.


Flaccid; flabby
Lacking stiffness; flimsy

Extensive Definition

A limp is a type of asymmetric abnormality of the gait. Limping may be caused by unequal leg lengths (short leg limp), experiencing pain when walking (antalgic limp, or trendelenburg gait), muscle weakness, disorders of proprioception, or stiffness of joints (in arthritis, for example).

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