- 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 maiming
Imagine not just one bomb killing and maiming civilians in Boston, but over 150 over four years.Can The Peace Camp Cope With 'Fragility'?
May 13, 2013
He had not set off a series of bombs, killing and maiming innocent bystanders in broad daylight.Doctors Still Have to Treat Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
April 21, 2013
Between 1996 and 2002, RUF rebels rampaged Sierre Leone, killing, maiming, and raping civilians.War Criminal Charles Taylor’s Daughter Defends Her Dad
Robtel Neajai Pailey
April 27, 2012
The savage violence, the large-scale death and maiming of World War II were just beginning to loosen up social mores a la Mad Men.The Last Larger-Than-Life Outlaw
June 24, 2011
As to whether they were killing or maiming Caradoc's crew, Madden could not tell.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Indeed, obstinacy is one of his most maiming characteristics.Idling in Italy
I am most thankful indeed for my escape from death or maiming.Twelve Years of a Soldier's Life in India
W. S. R. Hodson
The maiming of Lola's beauty has been the last jest which the Arch-Jester has practised on me.Simon the Jester
William J. Locke
After supper Ted told of the maiming of the cattle and the death of Sol Flatbush.Ted Strong in Montana
Edward C. Taylor
- 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 maiming
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.