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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.]
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Adv.1.lamely - in a weak and unconvincing manner; "`I don't know, Edward,' she answered lamely"
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[ˈleɪmlɪ] ADV [say] → de forma poco convincente; [try] → sin convicción
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[ˈleɪmli] adv (fig)sans conviction
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


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
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[ˈleɪmlɪ] adv (fig) → in modo poco convincente
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(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
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References in classic literature ?
"Oh, but he will," said Anne lamely. "You must give him time, Janet
"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.
"Oh, nothing," Wolf Larsen said lamely. "I just thought you might want to register a kick."
"This sounds - very extraordinary, UNCLE!" she remarked a little lamely.
There is--is one here who--who would do anything in the world for you," I ended lamely. She did not withdraw her hand, and she looked up into my face with tears on her cheeks and I read in her eyes the thanks her lips could not voice.
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.
"I guess I forgot your last birthday, Mart," she mumbled lamely.
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.
Better, however, to be foolish with happiness than foolish with misfortune, better to dance awkwardly than walk lamely. So learn, I pray you, my wisdom, ye higher men: even the worst thing hath two good reverse sides,--
"Silk of the body, can you beat it?" he concluded lamely, feeling that he had failed to make his point, embarrassed by the circle of listeners.
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.