a contemptuous name for a person who limps, a cripple ...1653 obs.
from limp (vb. to walk lamely) + -ard
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1653 - see EXAMPLE below
"...did I ill? No, Friar Ihon, (said Gymnast,) no by all the devils that are, no: So (said the Monk) do I attest these same devils so long as they last, or rather vertue G—, what could that gowtie Limpard have done with so fine a dog? by the body of G—he is better pleased, when one presents him with a good yoke of oxen..."
From: The first book of the works of Mr. Francis Rabelais
- Francois Rabelais
Translated by Thomas Urquhart