If you walk unevenly, you have a limp. Maybe you pulled your hamstring at the annual Thanksgiving Day Football Showdown, or maybe one leg is three inches shorter than the other. Whatever the reason, if your gait is off kilter, you limp.

You can have a limp (the noun), or you can limp (the verb), and both mean that for some reason your legs don’t work quite in synch. Limp can also be an adjective that means "not strong or firm," like your friends' limp response to your invitation to come help paint your house or when your hair looks limp, meaning it's just hanging, with no volume or style.

Definitions of limp
  1. verb
    walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury
    synonyms: gimp, hitch, hobble
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    type of:
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  2. verb
    proceed slowly or with difficulty
    “the boat limped into the harbor”
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    type of:
    continue, go forward, proceed
    move ahead; travel onward in time or space
  3. noun
    the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
    synonyms: hitch, hobble
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    type of:
    a person's manner of walking
  4. adjective
    not firm
    synonyms: wilted
    lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age
  5. adjective
    lacking in strength or firmness or resilience
    “gave a limp handshake”
    “"a limp gesture as if waving away all desire to know" G.K.Chesterton”
    lacking in strength or firmness or resilience
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