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adjective \ˈlām\

Simple Definition of lame

  • : 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


  1. 1 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>

  2. 2 :  lacking needful or desirable substance :  weak, ineffectual <a lame excuse>

  3. 3 slang :  not being in the know :  square

  4. 4 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


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make lame :  cripple

  3. 2 :  to make weak or ineffective :  disable

Examples of lame

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

14th Century

First Known Use of lame

14th century




Definition of lame


  1. :  a person who is not in the know :  square


First Known Use of lame




noun \ˈlām, ˈlam\

Definition of lame

  1. 1 :  a thin plate especially of metal :  lamina

  2. 2 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·mé \lä-ˈmā, la-\

Simple Definition of lamé

  • : shiny cloth that contains silver or gold threads

Full Definition of lamé

  1. :  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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Medical Dictionary


adjective \ˈlām\

Medical Definition of lame


  1. :  having a body part and especially a limb so disabled as to impair freedom of movement :  physically disabled

  2. lame·ly adverb
    lame·ness noun

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