[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. lambrequin,
  2. lambrinudi operation,
  3. lambrusco,
  4. lambskin,
  5. lamda,
  6. lame duck,
  7. lame-brain,
  8. lame-duck session,
  9. lamebrain,
  10. lamech

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 formslame·ly, adverblame·ness, noun

Can be confusedlame lamé Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lamer

  • I am lamer even than when Mr. Ticknor saw me, and sometimes cannot even dip the pen in the ink without holding it in my left hand.

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  • It means that a whole might of loudness is not lamer than anything.

British Dictionary definitions for lamer


/ (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


/ (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 Formslamely, adverblameness, noun

Word Origin for lame

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


/ (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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Word Origin and History for lamer
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Medicine definitions for lamer


[ 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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