What is limp?

  • (adj): Lacking in strength or firmness or resilience.
    Example: "Gave a limp handshake"; "a limp gesture as if waving away all desire to know" G.K.Chesterton
    Synonyms: flaccid, lax, slack
    See also — Additional definitions below


A limp is a type of asymmetric abnormality of the gait. Limping may be caused by pain, weakness, neuromuscular imbalance, or a skeletal deformity. The most common underlying cause of a painful limp is physical trauma; however, in the absence of trauma, other serious causes, such as septic arthritis, or slipped capital femoral epiphysis, may be present. The diagnostic approach involves ruling out potentially serious causes via the use of X-rays, blood tests and, potentially, joint aspiration. Initial treatment involves pain management. A limp is the presenting problem in about 4% of children who visit the emergency department.

Read more about Limp.

Some articles on limp:

Sam Rivers (bassist) - Career - Limp Bizkit
... Rivers' talents on guitar would later come into play in Limp Bizkits Results May Vary album, the only album not featuring longtime guitarist Wes Borland, with Rivers playing both guitar and bass on select ... In 1994 the three formed Limp Bizkit ...
List Of Poliomyelitis Survivors - Mistakenly Believed To Have Survived Polio
... While it is often speculated that Thaw's characteristic limp was from polio, in truth, the limp originated in childhood, when he would copy his grandfather's limp ... A car accident later exaggerated the limp ...
Strange Alliance
... slated for release on Skip Groff's Limp Records, it still carries the Limp catalog number (LIMP 1010) in the run-out groove of the vinyl ...
Limp Vellum
... Limp binding is a bookbinding method in which the book has flexible cloth, leather, vellum, or (rarely) paper sides ... vellum, the bookbinding method is also known as limp vellum ... In limp binding the covering material is not stiffened by thick boards, although paste-downs, if used, provide some stiffness some limp bindings are only ...
Limp - Epidemiology
... A limp at one hospital emergency department was the presenting complaint in 4% of children ... It occurs twice as commonly in boys as in girls ...

More definitions of "limp":

  • (adj): Not firm.
    Synonyms: wilted
  • (verb): Walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury.
    Synonyms: hobble, hitch
  • (verb): Proceed slowly or with difficulty.
    Example: "The boat limped into the harbor"
  • (noun): The uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg.
    Synonyms: hitch, hobble

Famous quotes containing the word limp:

    Don’t limp in front of the lame.
    François Rabelais (1494–1553)

    If a man, cautious,
    hides his limp,
    Somebody has to limp it! Things
    do it; the surroundings limp.
    House walls get scars,
    the car breaks down; matter, in drudgery, takes it up.
    Robert Bly (b. 1926)

    I remember the neckcurls, limp and damp as tendrils;
    And her quick look, a sidelong pickerel smile;
    And how, once startled into talk, the light syllables leaped for
    Theodore Roethke (1908–1963)