I'm hardened yet hardly am I given a thought;
Unmoved, though moving, to give what is sought;
But throng be too eager,
My gift, it is meager;
I'll stop my inertia and render you caught.
I'm ripped and I'm lasered - both are quite super;
You'll find that you'll need me for something like Looper;
Buy me from vendors,
For services rendered;
But don't pick me up from a highway state trooper.
I am but a concept, a letter in school;
You learned me in math, for spelling's uncool;
To be or not to,
Be has me, it's true;
Just know that I mean in between as a tool.
I lurk to prevent any malfeasant endeavor;
Though some will avoid me by means that are clever;
Often I'm given,
To those who are livin';
Though sometimes I'm proffered to silence forever.
I'm repugnant and foul, quite rude and crass;
I mean to attack and rarely with class;
From striking to springing,
The fat lady's singing;
Never let up and you'll be me, en masse.
To grip is my purpose, else I'd be dumb;
Without me, you'd likely end up on your bum;
I stab and I sweat,
So don't you forget;
Although you'd not know if you never have run.
I grow weary of limericks. What single word am I looking for?
Note: The six limericks are to be solved entirely independently and all have different answers. They have no bearing on each other in that regard.
Hint 1: (edited)
(1) The alternate version of the second line is "Rotating often to give what is sought;"
(3) Think of some of the most basic math equations and what their variables mean;
(5) You can use the adjective, noun, or past tense verb version of the target word, and they're all equivalent for the purposes of the final answer.
I, personally, am a big sports fan. But I don't live in Tennessee.
All six words, aside from limerick 5, are relatively concrete entities (so no abstract concepts). Once you gather all six, hopefully there's a distinct flavor to them, though to find what exactly hides in the six words is yet another bridge to cross.
(2) No one likes getting pulled over by a cop.
(4) A synonym for a stipulation meant to discourage bad behavior. There are many words for this; therefore the last line will get you the specific word since it hints at common lexicon.
(6) I draw your attention to "grip" and "run", though "stab" will get you there in a non-violent way.