adjective, lam·er, lam·est.

  1. crippled or physically disabled, especially in the foot or leg so as to limp or walk with difficulty.
  2. impaired or disabled through defect or injury: a lame arm.
  3. weak; inadequate; unsatisfactory; clumsy: a lame excuse.
  4. Slang. out of touch with modern fads or trends; unsophisticated.

verb (used with object), lamed, lam·ing.

  1. to make lame or defective.


  1. Slang. a person who is out of touch with modern fads or trends, especially one who is unsophisticated.


    1. a fabric of silk, cotton, or wool interwoven with threads of metal
    2. (as modifier)a gold lamé gown


  1. disabled or crippled in the legs or feet
  2. painful or weaka lame back
  3. weak; unconvincinga lame excuse
  4. not effective or enthusiastica lame try
  5. US slang conventional or uninspiring


  1. (tr) to make lame


  1. one of the overlapping metal plates used in armour after about 1330; splint

n.1520s, from lame (adj.) + -ness. n.“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.” adj.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. v.“to make lame,” c.1300, from lame (adj.). Related: Lamed; laming. adj.

  1. Disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible.
  2. Marked by pain or rigidness.


  1. To cause to become lame; cripple.
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