adjective, lam·er, lam·est.
verb (used with object), lamed, lam·ing.
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
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of lame
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
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.