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maim

verb \ ˈmām \

Definition of maim

transitive verb
1 :to commit the felony of mayhem upon
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

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Origin and Etymology of maim

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

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

Origin and Etymology of maim

see 1maim


MAIM Defined for English Language Learners

maim

verb

Definition of maim for English Language Learners

  • : to injure (someone) very badly by violence


MAIM Defined for Kids

maim

verb \ ˈmām \

Definition of maim for Students

maimed; maiming
:to injure badly or cripple by violence

Medical Dictionary

maim

transitive verb \ ˈmām \

medical Definition of maim

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

Law Dictionary

maim

transitive verb \ ˈmām \

legal Definition of maim

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


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