verb (used without object)
to walk with a labored, jerky movement, as when lame.
to proceed in a lame, faltering, or labored manner:
His writing limps from one cliché to another. The old car limped along.
to progress slowly and with great difficulty; make little or no advance:
an economy that limps along at a level just above total bankruptcy.
a lame movement or gait:
The accident left him with a slight limp.
to walk with an uneven step, esp with a weak or injured leg
to advance in a labouring or faltering manner
an uneven walk or progress
not firm or stiff
not energetic or vital
(of the binding of a book) not stiffened with boards
1560s, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Middle English lympen “to fall short” (c.1400), which is probably from Old English lemphealt “halting, lame, limping,” which has a lone cognate in the rare Middle High German limphin, and perhaps is from a PIE root meaning “slack, loose, to hang down” (cf. Sanskrit lambate “hangs down,” Middle High German lampen “to hang down”). Related: Limped; limping. As a noun, 1818, from the verb.
1706, “flaccid, drooping,” of obscure origin, perhaps related to limp (v.).
An irregular, jerky, or awkward gait; a claudication. v. limped, limp·ing, limps
To walk lamely, especially with irregularity, as if favoring one leg.
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