verb \ˈmām\

: to injure (someone) very badly by violence

Full Definition of MAIM

transitive verb
:  to commit the felony of mayhem upon
:  to mutilate, disfigure, or wound seriously
maim·er noun

Examples of MAIM

  1. The bomb killed 16 people and maimed several others.
  2. <on-the-job accidents maim far too many workers every year>

Origin 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>.



Definition of MAIM

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

First Known Use of MAIM

14th century


transitive verb \ˈmām\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MAIM

: to commit the felony of mayhem upon
: to wound seriously : mutilate, disable


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