Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To cause to become lame; cripple.
  • n. A thin metal plate, especially one of the overlapping steel plates in medieval armor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. Hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect.
  • adj. Unconvincing or unbelievable.
  • adj. Failing to be cool, funny, interesting or relevant.
  • v. to cause a person or animal to become lame
  • n. A lamina.
  • n. A set of joined, overlapping metal plates.
  • v. To shine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj.
  • 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.
  • transitive v. To make lame.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English lama.
French, from Old French, from Latin lāmina, thin plate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French lame, from Latin lamina.

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  • Ga, sorry the front page of Wordie was borked all day. Figures that would happen on the first day in months I wasn't online :-(

    October 18, 2009

  • Recursive acronym for LAME Ain't an Mp3 Encoder. However LAME has since become a great mp3 encoder.

    August 29, 2009

  • "AUFIDIUS: I cannot help it now,

    Unless by using means, I lame the foot

    Of our design."

    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 29, 2009

  • I can find nothing in this article that is not lame.

    May 19, 2009

  • In fencing, a lame (with an accent over the e) is a protective jacket covering the target area.

    February 6, 2007