maim

verb
\ˈmām \
maimed; maiming; maims

Definition of maim 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to commit the felony of mayhem upon

2 : to mutilate, disfigure, or wound seriously

maim

noun

Definition of maim (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2 obsolete : a serious loss

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Other Words from maim

Verb

maimer noun

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Verb

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

Examples of maim in a Sentence

Verb

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

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In season one, these hosts—played by actors such as Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton —were maimed and killed by human visitors living out Wild West fantasies, only to be repaired and returned to the park with no memory of what happened. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "In New Season of ‘Westworld,’ Violence Serves a Purpose," 18 Apr. 2018 Millions of Syrians who stayed behind have been maimed or traumatised. The Economist, "How a victorious Bashar al-Assad is changing Syria," 28 June 2018 Men on the islands have been left blind, deaf or maimed, and death has become part of the fishermen’s lore. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, "In the Philippines, Dynamite Fishing Decimates Entire Ocean Food Chains," 15 June 2018 The rivals most recently came near a military clash in 2015 following land mine blasts blamed on North Korea that maimed two South Korean soldiers. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "False starts, failures in diplomacy with North Korea," 17 May 2018 In predictable crime-show fashion, there are plenty of maimed and murdered female bodies on this show, both those that crop up in Camille’s memories and those discovered in the present day. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Sharp Objects," 11 July 2018 Jade Loren Anderson, 24, was arrested and charged with assault with the intent to maim by Macomb County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, online jail records show. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Allegedly Bit Part of Chinese Restaurant Owner's Ear Off During Fight Over Food Order," 2 July 2018 Anderson was jailed on an assault with intent to maim charge. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Woman bites off ear of Chinese restaurant owner in dispute over food," 1 July 2018 Later, while working for former defense secretary Robert Gates, Wilkie helped the Pentagon usher in an armored vehicle that saved American soldiers from being maimed by explosive devices in Iraq. Paul Sonne And Lisa Rein, miamiherald, "Trump's VA pick, a longtime aide to polarizing politicians, has defended extreme views," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of maim

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maim

Verb

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

Noun

see maim entry 1

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The first known use of maim was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for maim

maim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of maim

: to injure (someone) very badly by violence

maim

verb
\ˈmām \
maimed; maiming

Kids Definition of maim

: to injure badly or cripple by violence

\ˈmām \

Medical Definition of maim 

1 : to commit the felony of mayhem upon

2 : to wound seriously : mutilate, disable

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\ˈmām \

Legal Definition of maim 

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

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