adjective, lam·er, lam·est.
verb (used with object), lamed, lam·ing.
- lambrinudi operation,
- lame duck,
- lame-duck session,
Origin of lame1
noun, plural lames [leym; French lam] /leɪm; French lam/. Armor.
Origin of lame2
Origin of lamé
Examples from the Web for lame
One of the most persistent myths in American politics is the media-fueled concept of the lame duck.The Liberation of the Lame Duck: Obama Goes Full Bulworth|John Avlon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Also, he gave a lame excuse: ‘I couldn't find a pic that expresses both sides.’Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire Posts Pro-Palestine Photo, Allegedly Cyberbullies Israeli-Born MTV VJ|Robert Silverman|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Most of the activities were either dominated by a handful of true athletes, or they were just lame.The Financial Case for Dodgeball: Why America Needs Gym Class|Mark McKinnon|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Your criticism of me as a hypocrite is lame, weak and not really thought out.Spike Lee Blasts The New York Times’ Story on Brooklyn Gentrification in Fiery Op-Ed|Marlow Stern|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He's a lame duck who looks very vulnerable and won't even be able to exact much retribution if he manages to win.
Hephaistos, the god of fire, is figured with a hammer and in the form of a lame and ugly blacksmith.History Of Ancient Civilization|Charles Seignobos
And she could neither walk nor fly, she was so lame and stiff, or else it was that her wings were cut—he was not sure which.Four Winds Farm|Mrs. Molesworth
Thus to a lame person, you might say that you yourself are fatigued with walking, that your own legs are not firm, &c.
But these are placed upon the table down below, where hoi polloi and the lame, blind, and halt sit down and eat.The Great White Tribe in Filipinia|Paul T. Gilbert
From this date he also showed very peculiar action behind, and was at times lame of both hind-limbs without any apparent cause.Diseases of the Horse's Foot|Harry Caulton Reeks
Word Origin for lame
Word Origin for lame
- a fabric of silk, cotton, or wool interwoven with threads of metal
- (as modifier)a gold lamé gown
Word Origin for lamé
"silk interwoven with metallic threads," 1922, from French lame, earlier "thin metal plate (especially in armor), gold wire; blade; wave (of the sea)," from Middle French lame, from Latin lamina, lamna "thin piece or flake of metal."
Old English lama "crippled, lame; paralytic, weak," from Proto-Germanic *lamon (cf. Old Norse lami, Dutch and Old Frisian lam, German lahm "lame"), "weak-limbed," literally "broken," from PIE root *lem- "to break; broken," with derivatives meaning "crippled" (cf. Old Church Slavonic lomiti "to break," Lithuanian luomas "lame"). In Middle English, "crippled in the feet," but also "crippled in the hands; disabled by disease; maimed." Sense of "socially awkward" is attested from 1942. Noun meaning "crippled persons collectively" is in late Old English.
"to make lame," c.1300, from lame (adj.). Related: Lamed; laming.