- to deprive of the use of some part of the body by wounding or the like; cripple: The explosion maimed him for life.
- to impair; make essentially defective: The essay was maimed by deletion of important paragraphs.
- a physical injury, especially a loss of a limb.
- an injury or defect; blemish; lack.
Origin of maim
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Examples from the Web for maim
When Iron Dome misses -- and it does sometimes miss -- the Gaza rockets kill and maim only within a very limited radius.Israel's 'Iron Dome' Can't Stop a Suitcase Bomb
March 12, 2012
But what chances should I have given them to kill or maim us: Fifty-fifty?To Shoot or Not to Shoot
April 14, 2011
The fall would not kill him—it would only bruise and maim him.Freaks of Fortune
Why, they will have had time to maim the man for life in those four days!Two Gallant Sons of Devon
When the savage desires to rob you, he may attempt to strangle and maim you.
A drunken vagabond cannot maim his wife but all England must know all about it.
Indeed, I would decline to do so even to save my own, but I should have no objection to maim.Post Haste
- to mutilate, cripple, or disable a part of the body of (a person or animal)
- to make defective
- obsolete an injury or defect
Word Origin and History for maim
c.1300, maimen, from Old French mahaignier "injure, wound, muitilate, cripple, disarm," possibly from Vulgar Latin *mahanare (cf. Provençal mayanhar, Italian magagnare), of unknown origin; or possibly from a Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *mait- (cf. Old Norse meiða "to hurt," related to mad (adj.)), or from PIE root *mai- "to cut." Related: Maimed; maiming.