- crippled or physically disabled, especially in the foot or leg so as to limp or walk with difficulty.
- impaired or disabled through defect or injury: a lame arm.
- weak; inadequate; unsatisfactory; clumsy: a lame excuse.
- Slang. out of touch with modern fads or trends; unsophisticated.
- to make lame or defective.
- Slang. a person who is out of touch with modern fads or trends, especially one who is unsophisticated.
Origin of lame1
- any of a number of thin, overlapping plates composing a piece of plate armor, as a fauld, tasset, or gauntlet.
Origin of lame2
- an ornamental fabric in which metallic threads, as of gold or silver, are woven with silk, wool, rayon, or cotton.
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
December 19, 2014
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
July 14, 2014
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
April 28, 2014
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
March 31, 2014
He's a lame duck who looks very vulnerable and won't even be able to exact much retribution if he manages to win.For Whom The Tea Party Tolls
March 25, 2014
The crowd had thickened in front, so that the lame man and the girl had come to a stand.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The lame girl who played the violin limped down the corridor into the ward.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
"Certainly," I replied, deeply sighing at the recital of so lame a story.Lady Susan
First the blind, then the deaf and the dumb, then the halt and the lame—and so on.The Secret Agent
"I wish there were crowns for lame boys to win," said Charmides.Buried Cities, Part 2
- disabled or crippled in the legs or feet
- painful or weaka lame back
- weak; unconvincinga lame excuse
- not effective or enthusiastica lame try
- US slang conventional or uninspiring
- (tr) to make lame
- one of the overlapping metal plates used in armour after about 1330; splint
- a fabric of silk, cotton, or wool interwoven with threads of metal
- (as modifier)a gold lamé gown
Word Origin and History for lame
"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.
- Disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible.
- Marked by pain or rigidness.
- To cause to become lame; cripple.