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


Middle English, from Old English lama.
French, from Old French, from Latin lāmina, thin plate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)
From Middle French lame, from Latin lamina. (Wiktionary)



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