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lame 1

adj. lam·er, lam·est
1. 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.
2. Marked by pain or rigidness: a lame back.
3. Weak or ineffectual: a lame attempt to apologize.
a. Informal Dull or unsatisfactory: That movie was so lame!
b. Slang Socially inappropriate; foolish.
tr.v. lamed, lam·ing, lames
To cause to become lame; cripple.

[Middle English, from Old English lama.]

lame′ly adv.
lame′ness n.

lame 2

A thin metal plate, especially one of the overlapping steel plates in medieval armor.

[French, from Old French, from Latin lāmina, thin plate.]


A shiny fabric woven with metallic threads, often of gold or silver.

[French, spangled, laminated, lamé, from Old French lame, thin metal plate; see lame2.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.lamely - in a weak and unconvincing manner; "`I don't know, Edward,' she answered lamely"
klaufalega, óhönduglega


[ˈleɪmlɪ] ADV [say] → de forma poco convincente; [try] → sin convicción


[ˈleɪmli] adv (fig)sans conviction


adv argue, say etclahm; to walk lamelyhinken; (horse)lahmen; he limped lamely into the roomer humpelte ins Zimmer; lamely he mumbled an excuseer murmelte eine lahme Entschuldigung vor sich hin


[ˈleɪmlɪ] adv (fig) → in modo poco convincente


(leim) adjective
1. unable to walk properly. He was lame for weeks after his fall.
2. not satisfactory; unacceptable. a lame excuse.
to make unable to walk properly. He was lamed by a bullet in the ankle.
ˈlamely adverb
ˈlameness noun
References in classic literature ?
Each of those had come so lamely, was such a symbol of sweat and aching muscles, that to spend one was like parting with a portion of himself, but this new, almost incredible fortune, had come without a turn of his hand, without an hour's labor.
I thought you might be pleased, too,' he said, lamely.
She ended lamely, a little quiver in her own voice as she thought of the three men, upon whom she depended for protection, wandering in the depth of that awful forest.
There is--is one here who--who would do anything in the world for you," I ended lamely.
He started lamely a couple of times, cleared his throat, became red in the face, and finally ended by remarking that he hoped the cabins would be finished before the rainy season commenced.
Well, fellows, I don't know what to say to you-all," Daylight began lamely, striving still to control his whirling brain.
The wolf leaped lamely back, losing its footing and falling in its weakness.
Then gently scan your brother man, Still gentler sister woman; Tho' they may gang a kennin wrang,* To step aside is human: One point must still be greatly dark, The moving why they do it; And just as lamely can ye mark How far perhaps they rue it.
She dealt the luckless Sara a glance that would have slain her on the spot could glances kill, stumbled lamely and impotently through the few remaining lines of her recitation, and fled with crimson cheeks to hide her mortification in the little corner that had been curtained off for a dressing-room.
All fight was now out of the bull, and, though it was no vital thrust, he trotted lamely what of the sword that stuck through him, in one side and out the other.
Knew what a woman feels about it," she concluded lamely.
And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house.