- 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 maimed
Bodies come back in flag-shrouded coffins, and the living and maimed are hailed as heroes with purpose.To Truly Shame Putin, Show Us the Bodies of MH17
July 22, 2014
She had a way of convincing sick and maimed people that she was their equal.The Day the Fairytale Died
July 12, 2014
One year after the Boston bombing, a maimed survivor faces the choice of amputation.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, April 12, 2014
April 12, 2014
That attitude extends to fans, a few of whom are killed or maimed each year by flying car parts after a collision.Can NASCAR Driver Trevor Bayne Race Safely With Multiple Sclerosis?
November 13, 2013
Had the bomb exploded, scores of New Yorkers likely would have been killed and even more wounded or maimed.Pakistani Taliban Leader Hakeemullah Mehsud Killed In U.S. Drone Strike
November 1, 2013
If I've maimed this poor devil and there are consequences, I'll stand 'em.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
There was a struggle in her maimed arm as she twisted it away, but there was none in her face.Little Dorrit
You can lie here––here––maimed, already starving––and can plan like that?Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
On Tuesday we visited the school for maimed soldiers in Paris.A Journey Through France in War Time
Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
As it is, both of them are maimed and imperfect on different sides.Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)
- 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 maimed
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.