verb (used with object)

  1. to deprive of the use of some part of the body by wounding or the like; cripple: The explosion maimed him for life.
  2. to impair; make essentially defective: The essay was maimed by deletion of important paragraphs.

noun Obsolete.

  1. a physical injury, especially a loss of a limb.
  2. an injury or defect; blemish; lack.

verb (tr)

  1. to mutilate, cripple, or disable a part of the body of (a person or animal)
  2. to make defective


  1. obsolete an injury or defect

v.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.

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