- 1[intransitive] to walk slowly or with difficulty because one leg is injured She had twisted her ankle and was limping. + adv./prep. Matt limped painfully off the field. See related entries: Position and movement, Injuries
- 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move slowly or with difficulty after being damaged The plane limped back to the airport. (figurative) The government was limping along in its usual way. Word Originverb late Middle English (in the sense ‘fall short of’): related to obsolete limphalt ‘lame’, and probably of Germanic origin.Extra examples He had hurt his leg and was limping badly. He limped away from his car. She limped slowly to the door. By the time we got back home she was limping badly. He had a sprained ankle and was limping. He was still limping slightly from his knee injury. Joe limped painfully off the field.
BrE BrE//lɪmp//; NAmE NAmE//lɪmp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they limp
BrE BrE//lɪmp//; NAmE NAmE//lɪmp//he / she / it limps
BrE BrE//lɪmps//; NAmE NAmE//lɪmps//past simple limped
BrE BrE//lɪmpt//; NAmE NAmE//lɪmpt//past participle limped
BrE BrE//lɪmpt//; NAmE NAmE//lɪmpt//-ing form limping
BrE BrE//ˈlɪmpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪmpɪŋ//Position and movement, Injuries