[ lah-mid, -med ]
/ ˈlɑ mɪd, -mɛd /


the 12th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
the consonant sound represented by this letter.

Origin of lamed

1655–65; < Hebrew lāmēdh; cf. lambda

Related forms

un·lamed, adjective

Definition for lamed (2 of 2)


[ leym ]
/ leɪm /

adjective, lam·er, lam·est.

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.

verb (used with object), lamed, lam·ing.

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 lame

before 900; Middle English (adj. and v.); Old English lama (adj.); cognate with Dutch lam, German lahm, Old Norse lami; akin to Lithuanian lúomas

Related forms

lame·ly, adverblame·ness, noun

Can be confused

lame lamé Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lamed (1 of 4)


/ (ˈlɑːmɪd, Hebrew ˈlamɛd) /


the 12th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ל), transliterated as lAlso: lamedh (ˈlamɛd)

Word Origin for lamed

from Hebrew, literally: ox goad (from its shape)

British Dictionary definitions for lamed (2 of 4)


/ (ˈlɑːmeɪ) /


  1. a fabric of silk, cotton, or wool interwoven with threads of metal
  2. (as modifier)a gold lamé gown

Word Origin for lamé

from French, from Old French lame gold or silver thread, thin plate, from Latin lāmina thin plate

British Dictionary definitions for lamed (3 of 4)


/ (leɪm) /


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

Derived Forms

lamely, adverblameness, noun

Word Origin for lame

Old English lama; related to Old Norse lami, German lahm

British Dictionary definitions for lamed (4 of 4)


/ (leɪm) /


one of the overlapping metal plates used in armour after about 1330; splint

Word Origin for lame

C16: via Old French from Latin lāmina a thin plate, lamina
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Medicine definitions for lamed


[ lām ]


Disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible.
Marked by pain or rigidness.


To cause to become lame; cripple.
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