- the 12th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
- the consonant sound represented by this letter.
Origin of lamed
- 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
Examples from the Web for lamed
He was the best jumper in the west of Ireland; and they tell me you've lamed him for life.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
"Jim Hooker lamed him with a shotgun, and he fell over," said Clarence timidly.A Waif of the Plains
It was not long after this that he struck his foot with the axe and lamed himself for life.Other Main-Travelled Roads
It was not long after this that he struck his foot with the ax and lamed himself for life.Prairie Folks
The poor fellow has lamed his horse, which fell near Rambouillet.The Regent's Daughter
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
- the 12th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ל), transliterated as lAlso: lamedh (ˈlamɛd)
- a fabric of silk, cotton, or wool interwoven with threads of metal
- (as modifier)a gold lamé gown
- 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
Word Origin and History for lamed
"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.