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maim

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verb \ˈmām\

Simple Definition of maim

  • : to injure (someone) very badly by violence

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of maim

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to commit the felony of mayhem upon

  3. 2 :  to mutilate, disfigure, or wound seriously

maimer

noun

Examples of maim in a sentence

  1. The bomb killed 16 people and maimed several others.

  2. <on-the-job accidents maim far too many workers every year>



Origin and Etymology of maim

Middle English maymen, mahaymen, from Anglo-French maheimer, mahaigner — more at mayhem


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of maim

maim, cripple, mutilate, batter, mangle mean to injure so severely as to cause lasting damage. maim implies the loss or injury of a bodily member through violence <maimed by a shark>. cripple implies the loss or serious impairment of an arm or leg <crippled for life in an accident>. mutilate implies the cutting off or removal of an essential part of a person or thing thereby impairing its completeness, beauty, or function <a tree mutilated by inept pruning>. batter implies a series of blows that bruise deeply, deform, or mutilate <an old ship battered by fierce storms>. mangle implies a tearing or crushing that leaves deep wounds <a soldier's leg mangled by shrapnel>.

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maim

noun

Definition of maim

  1. 1 obsolete :  serious physical injury; especially :  loss of a member of the body

  2. 2 obsolete :  a serious loss



14th Century

First Known Use of maim

14th century


MAIM Defined for Kids

maim

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verb \ˈmām\

Definition of maim for Students

maimed

maiming

  1. :  to injure badly or cripple by violence




Medical Dictionary

maim

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transitive verb \ˈmām\

Medical Definition of maim

  1. 1:  to commit the felony of mayhem upon

  2. 2:  to wound seriously :  mutilate, disable




Law Dictionary

maim

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transitive verb \ˈmām\

Legal Definition of maim

  1. :  to mutilate, disfigure, or wound seriously — compare mayhem




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