American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible: Lame from the accident, he walked with a cane. A lame wing kept the bird from flying.
- adj. Marked by pain or rigidness: a lame back.
- adj. Weak and ineffectual; unsatisfactory: a lame attempt to apologize; lame excuses for not arriving on time.
- v. To cause to become lame; cripple.
- n. A thin metal plate, especially one of the overlapping steel plates in medieval armor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Crippled or disabled by injury to or defect of a limb or limbs; specifically, walking with difficulty; halting; limping: as, a lame man or horse.
- Inefficient from injury or defect; unsound or impaired in strength; crippled: as, a lame leg or arm.
- Figuratively, imperfect; lacking finish or completeness; defective in quality or quantity; halting; insufficient; hobbling: as, lame verse; lame rimes; a lame excuse.
- To make lame; cripple or disable; render imperfect or unsound: as, to lame an antagonist; to lame an arm or a leg.
- n. Earthenware.
- n. A broken piece of earthenware; a potsherd.
- Earthen: used of pottery: as, a lame pig (an earthen vessel).
- n. In armor, a plate of metal.
- n. A lamina.
- n. in the plural A set of joined, overlapping metal plates.
- v. obsolete To shine.
- adj. Unable to walk properly because of a problem with one's feet or legs.
- adj. Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury, defect or temporary obstruction of a function.
- adj. by extension Hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect.
- adj. slang Unconvincing or unbelievable.
- adj. slang Failing to be cool, funny, interesting or relevant.
- v. transitive to cause a person or animal to become lame
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury, defect, or temporary obstruction of a function.
- adj. To some degree disabled by reason of the imperfect action of a limb; crippled.
- adj. Hence, hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect.
- v. To make lame.
- adj. disabled in the feet or legs
- v. deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg
- n. someone who doesn't understand what is going on
- n. a fabric interwoven with threads of metal
- adj. pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness
- From Old English lama, from the Proto-Germanic *lama-, from Proto-Indo-European *lem- (“to crush; fragile”). Akin to German lahm and Dutch lam, Old Norse lami, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian lam, akin to Old Church Slavonic ломити (lomiti, "to break"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English lama.French, from Old French, from Latin lāmina, thin plate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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