How to describe the walk of a man with an artificial leg? People with artificial legs don't walk in the same way as a normal person. What are non-offensive words that can be used to describe their walk?
As I understand it, a person with an artificial leg often walks with a jerky gait. Sometimes it might be better described as a stiff gait, but the general principle would be that so long as whatever you put in front of gait doesn't have too many offensive connotations, just use any normal word that fits the particular person's way of walking (it will vary, obviously).
You might get away with saying they walk with a slight limp, but limp isn't normally a very positive word.
I'm going to go ahead and post this as an answer: the correct word to use for describing how someone with a limp walks is, guess what: limp.
As J.R. mentioned, anything that is more graphic — such as jerky — is much more likely to come across as, well, maybe not outright offensive, but certainly approaching it. This isn't because jerky is an offensive word (it's not - there's a world of difference between "word that describes an unpleasant concept" and "offensive word"), but because it's not the usual, everyday word one expects to hear in such a context. It calls attention to a defect, rather than merely describing it.
(I've never been quite sure what a rolling gait is supposed to look like, but I do know it's most often used for someone who spends most of his time in a boat, and thus has a hard time adapting his gait to dry land. It does not, to me, imply any unevenness or lopsidedness; whereas for most people with prosthetic legs, the defining feature of their gait is the fact that one of their legs is not like the other.)
Hobble is also an alternative. Like limp it is understood by the majority of native and non-native speakers. I might also use the word after I've banged my toe against something hard, and instinctively hop around the room. Later, if my big toe is still hurting, I would hobble about.
This is sometimes described as a rolling gait:
That and the stick he used and the slow, rolling gait of a man who made do with an artificial leg after an above-the-knee amputation meant no one near him said a word about it.