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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.]
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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