- 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
Related Wordssore, flimsy, disabled, halt, stiff, deformed, pained, handicapped, raw, game, hobbling, bruised, gimp, poor, thin, faltering, gimpy, faulty, flabby, inadequate
Examples from the Web for lamest
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
October 8, 2013
And this fifth Twilight film is by far the lamest in the franchise.Why ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2’ Jumps the Shark
November 16, 2012
The person with authority on that stage was Romney—offered it by one of the lamest moderators ever, and seized with relish.Andrew Sullivan’s Presidential Debate Live Blog
October 4, 2012
Richardson is now the lamest of lame ducks; his in-state approval ratings have plummeted to his all-time low of 41 percent.The Man Obama Double-Crossed
March 12, 2009
But really, even the lamest minds have already glimpsed that inescapable reality.Our Manic White House
Leslie H. Gelb
March 4, 2009
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
Sir John Davies is light of touch and a light of poetic glory lies on the lamest "opinion."
Jean Lanni could see that his girl friend, Judy Stokes, thought it was the lamest excuse she had ever heard.Droozle
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
- 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 lamest
"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.