EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /lɪmp/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪmp

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English limpen (to fall short), from Old English limpan, from Proto-Germanic *limpaną (to hang down), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lemb-, *(s)lembʰ- (to hang loosely, hang limply). Cognate with Low German lumpen (to limp), Middle High German limpfen (to hobble, limp), dialectal German lampen (to hang down loosely), Icelandic limpa (limpness, weakness).

VerbEdit

limp (third-person singular simple present limps, present participle limping, simple past and past participle limped)

  1. (intransitive) To walk lamely, as if favouring one leg.
    • 2011 April 11, Phil McNulty, “Liverpool 3 - 0 Man City”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Dirk Kuyt sandwiched a goal in between Carroll's double as City endured a night of total misery, with captain Carlos Tevez limping off early on with a hamstring strain that puts a serious question mark over his participation in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively, of a vehicle) To travel with a malfunctioning system of propulsion.
    The bomber limped home on one engine.
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To move or proceed irregularly.
    limping verses
    The business limped through the recession
  4. (poker slang, intransitive) To call, particularly in an unraised pot pre-flop.
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NounEdit

 
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limp (plural limps)

  1. An irregular, jerky or awkward gait.
    She walks with a limp.
  2. A scraper for removing poor ore or refuse from the sieve.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English *limp, *lemp, from Old English *lemp (recorded only in compound lemphealt (limping), from Proto-Germanic *limpaną (to hang down), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lemb-, *(s)lembʰ- (to hang loosely, hang limply). Cognate with German lampecht (flaccid, limp), Icelandic lempinn, lempiligur (pliable, gentle). See above.

AdjectiveEdit

limp (comparative limper, superlative limpest)

  1. flaccid; flabby, like flesh.
  2. lacking stiffness; flimsy
    a limp rope
  3. (of a penis) not erect
  4. (of a man) not having an erect penis
  5. physically weak
    • 2011, Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France [2]
      Another line-out was stolen, and when the ball was sent left Clerc stepped and spun through limp challenges from Wilkinson, Chris Ashton and Foden to dive over and make it 11-0.
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VerbEdit

limp (third-person singular simple present limps, present participle limping, simple past and past participle limped)

  1. (intransitive) To be inadequate or unsatisfactory.

NounEdit

limp (plural limps)

  1. A scraper of board or sheet-iron shaped like half the head of a small cask, used for scraping the ore off the sieve in the operation of hand-jigging.

Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English limpen, from Old English limpan (to happen, occur, exist, belong to, suit, befit, concern), from Proto-Germanic *limpaną (to glide, go, suit), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lemb-, *(s)lembʰ- (to hang loosely, hang limply). Cognate with Scots limp (to chance to be, come), Middle Dutch limpen (to happen), Middle Low German gelimpen (to moderate, treat mildly), Middle High German limfen (to suit, become).

VerbEdit

limp (third-person singular simple present limps, present participle limping, simple past lamp or limped, past participle lump or limped)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To happen; befall; chance.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To come upon; meet.
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PhraseEdit

limp

  1. (historical) Acronym of Louis XIV, James II, Queen Mary of Modena and the Prince of Wales. (a code-word among Jacobites) [1]
    • 1770, A Lee, The Political Detection: Or, the Treachery and Tyranny of Administration, Both at Home and Abroad;, page 4:
      To intimidate the people, you drew up Resolves, and an Address to his Majesty, founded on evidence from Governor Barnard, the Commissioners of Revenue, Custom-house Officers, and a few poor, expectant and dependent creatures, whom your Limp corresponds with in Boston; and thereby, having imposed upon, and deceived the legislature, sanctified your despotism, at the expence of their last Liberties;
    • 1915, Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay, Charles Harding Firth, The History of England: From the Accession of James the Second:
      Even if he were set at liberty, what could he do but haunt Jacobite coffeehouses, squeeze oranges, and drink the health of Limp?

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, Millennium Edition, art. "Limp"

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EtymologyEdit

From a derivative of Latin lampas. Compare Italian lampo.

NounEdit

limp m

  1. lightning