verb (used with object)
- 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.
- to mutilate, cripple, or disable a part of the body of (a person or animal)
- to make defective
- 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.