physically disabled, especially in the foot or leg so as to limp or walk with difficulty: a lame racehorse.
impaired or disabled through defect or injury: a lame arm.
weak; inadequate; unsatisfactory; clumsy: a lame excuse.
Slang: Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. awkward, dull, stupid, or uninteresting.
Slang: Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. out of touch with modern fads or trends; unsophisticated.
to make lame or defective.
Slang: Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. a person who is out of touch with modern fads or trends, especially one who is unsophisticated.
- lamely, adverb
- lameness, noun
- lame , lamé
Other definitions for lame (2 of 3)
any of a number of thin, overlapping plates composing a piece of plate armor, as a fauld, tasset, or gauntlet.
Other definitions for lamé (3 of 3)
an ornamental fabric in which metallic threads, as of gold or silver, are woven with silk, wool, rayon, or cotton.
- lame, lamé
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How to use lame in a sentence
In the pilot, Brooks proves himself to be the lamest cop of all time by agreeing to lead the headless horseman to his head.‘Sleepy Hollow’ Is TV’s Craziest, Most Over-the-Top New Show ... And You Should Watch It | Amy Zimmerman | October 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And this fifth Twilight film is by far the lamest in the franchise.Why ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2’ Jumps the Shark | Ramin Setoodeh | November 16, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The person with authority on that stage was Romney—offered it by one of the lamest moderators ever, and seized with relish.
Then there is the movie that features the single lamest performance of the year—with Adam Sandler in drag.
Richardson is now the lamest of lame ducks; his in-state approval ratings have plummeted to his all-time low of 41 percent.
I have stumbled through these works with the lamest knowledge of Greek, and with no one to help me.Is Polite Society Polite? | Julia Ward Howe
Jean Lanni could see that his girl friend, Judy Stokes, thought it was the lamest excuse she had ever heard.Droozle | Frank Banta
Sir John Davies is light of touch and a light of poetic glory lies on the lamest "opinion."The Complete Poems of Sir John Davies. Volume 1 of 2. | John Davies
I sank back on the seat I had left, and said to myself that this was the lamest of all conclusions.Under the Red Robe | Stanley Weyman
Unfortunately, this Graybridge slander is one of the very lamest of canards.The Doctor's Wife | M. E. Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for lame (1 of 3)
disabled or crippled in the legs or feet
painful or weak: a lame back
weak; unconvincing: a lame excuse
not effective or enthusiastic: a lame try
US slang conventional or uninspiring
(tr) to make lame
- lamely, adverb
- lameness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for lame (2 of 3)
one of the overlapping metal plates used in armour after about 1330; splint
British Dictionary definitions for lamé (3 of 3)
a fabric of silk, cotton, or wool interwoven with threads of metal
(as modifier): a gold lamé gown
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