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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.]


(ˈlɑːmɪd; Hebrew ˈlamɛd)
(Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) the 12th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ל), transliterated as l. Also: lamedh
[from Hebrew, literally: ox goad (from its shape)]


(ˈlɑ mɪd, -mɛd)

the 12th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
[1655–65; < Hebrew lāmēdh; compare lambda]
References in classic literature ?
Unhappy, because a hideous small boy was stoning it through the railings, and had already lamed it in one leg, and was much excited by the benevolent sportsmanlike purpose of breaking its other three legs, and bringing it down.
He fell for nine days and was finally picked up, lamed for life, on the island of Lemnos.