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lame

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adjective \ˈlām\

Definition of lame

lamer

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lamest

  1. 1a :  having a body part and especially a limb so disabled as to impair freedom of movement The accident left him lame for life.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 She's cool, but her boyfriend is so lame.

  4. 4a :  inferior a lame schoolb :  contemptible, nasty lame racist jokes

lamely

adverb

lameness

noun

Examples of lame in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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lame

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Definition of lame

lamed

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laming

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

  3. 2 :  to make weak or ineffective :  disable

Examples of lame in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of lame

see 1lame


First Known Use: 14th century


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lame

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Definition of lame

slang

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

Origin and Etymology of lame

see 1lame


First Known Use: 1959


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lame

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noun \ˈlām, ˈlam\

Definition of lame

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

  2. 2 lames plural :  small overlapping steel plates joined to slide on one another (as in medieval armor)

Origin and Etymology of lame

Medieval French, from Latin lamina


First Known Use: circa 1586


lamé

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noun la·mé \lä-ˈmā, la-\

Definition of lamé

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

Origin and Etymology of lamé

French


First Known Use: 1922



LAME Defined for English Language Learners

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lame

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adjective \ˈlām\

Definition of lame for English Language Learners

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

  • : not strong, good, or effective

  • : not smart or impressive


lamé

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noun la·mé \lä-ˈmā, la-\

Definition of lamé for English Language Learners

  • : shiny cloth that contains silver or gold threads


LAME Defined for Kids

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lame

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adjective \ˈlām\

Definition of lame for Students

lamer

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lamest

  1. 1 :  not able to get around without pain or difficulty a lame horse

  2. 2 :  injured or sore so that walking or movement is painful or difficult a lame leg

  3. 3 :  not very convincing or effective a lame excuse

lamely

adverb

lameness

noun

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lame

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verb

Definition of lame for Students

lamed

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laming

  1. :  to make or become unable to get around without pain and difficulty lamed in a fall


Medical Dictionary

lame

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adjective \ˈlām\

Medical Definition of lame

lamer

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lamest

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

lamely

adverb

lameness

noun


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