[ leym-streem ]
/ ˈleɪmˌstrim /


noting or relating to traditional print and broadcast media, when regarded as lacking the fairness, creativity, etc., of independent online news sources.
noting or relating to a person or thing that has achieved mainstream popularity but is perceived as no longer original, creative, etc.


traditional print and broadcast media, when regarded as lacking fairness, creativity, etc.: The lamestream has suppressed information about the suicides.

Nearby words

  1. lamented,
  2. lamentedly,
  3. lamerie,
  4. lames,
  5. lamesa,
  6. lamia,
  7. lamina,
  8. lamina fusca sclerae,
  9. lamina of lens,
  10. lamina of vertebral arch

Origin of lamestream

2005–10; lame1 (in the sense “inadequate, unsatisfactory”) + (main)stream Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lamestream


/ (ˈleɪmˌstriːm) /


  1. the traditional media such as newspapers, television, and radio, considered by some people as old-fashioned and gullible when compared to online news sources such as blogs
  2. (as modifier)the lamestream media

Word Origin for lamestream

C21: from lame 1 (sense 5) + mainstream

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