adjective \ˈlām\

: having an injured leg or foot that makes walking difficult or painful

: not strong, good, or effective

: not smart or impressive


Full Definition of LAME

a :  having a body part and especially a limb so disabled as to impair freedom of movement
b :  marked by stiffness and soreness <a lame shoulder>
:  lacking needful or desirable substance :  weak, ineffectual <a lame excuse>
slang :  not being in the know :  square
a :  inferior <a lame school>
b :  contemptible, nasty <lame racist jokes>
lame·ly adverb
lame·ness noun

Examples of LAME

  1. The horse had gone lame, and it grew lamer.
  2. The accident left him lame for life.
  3. He offered a lame apology for his actions.
  4. She's nice, but her boyfriend is really lame.

Origin of LAME

Middle English, from Old English lama; akin to Old High German lam lame, Lithuanian limti to break down
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with LAME



Definition of LAME

transitive verb
:  to make lame :  cripple
:  to make weak or ineffective :  disable

Examples of LAME

  1. <we were afraid that the horse would be lamed by its horrible fall>

First Known Use of LAME

14th century



Definition of LAME

:  a person who is not in the know :  square

First Known Use of LAME



noun \ˈlām, ˈlam\

Definition of LAME

:  a thin plate especially of metal :  lamina
plural :  small overlapping steel plates joined to slide on one another (as in medieval armor)

Origin of LAME

Middle French, from Latin lamina
First Known Use: circa 1586


noun la· \lä-ˈmā, la-\

: shiny cloth that contains silver or gold threads

Full Definition of LAMÉ

:  a brocaded clothing fabric made from any of various fibers combined with tinsel filling threads

Origin of LAMÉ

First Known Use: 1922

Rhymes with LAMÉ

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adjective \ˈlām\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LAME

:  having a body part and especially a limb so disabled as to impair freedom of movement :  physically disabled
lame·ly adverb
lame·ness noun


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