intr.v. limped, limp·ing, limps
1. To walk lamely, especially with irregularity, as if favoring one leg.
2. To move or proceed haltingly or unsteadily: The project limped along with half its previous funding.
An irregular, jerky, or awkward gait.
adj. limp·er, limp·est
1. Lacking or having lost rigidity, as of structure or substance: limp, wet hair; an arm hanging limp over the side of the bed.
2. Lacking strength, vigor, or effectiveness; weak: limp political opposition.
[Probably from obsolete lymphault, lame, from Old English lemphealt : lemp-, hanging loosely + -healt, lame, limping.]
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