adjective, lamer, lamest.
crippled or physically disabled, especially in the foot or leg so as to limp or walk with difficulty.
impaired or disabled through defect or injury:
a lame arm.
weak; inadequate; unsatisfactory; clumsy:
a lame excuse.
Slang. out of touch with modern fads or trends; unsophisticated.
verb (used with object), lamed, laming.
to make lame or defective.
Slang. a person who is out of touch with modern fads or trends, especially one who is unsophisticated.
[leym; French lam] /leɪm; French lam/
noun, plural lames
[leym; French lam] /leɪm; French lam/ (Show IPA). Armor.
any of a number of thin, overlapping plates composing a piece of plate armor, as a fauld, tasset, or gauntlet.
[lah-mey, la-; French la-mey] /lɑˈmeɪ, læ-; French laˈmeɪ/
an ornamental fabric in which metallic threads, as of gold or silver, are woven with silk, wool, rayon, or cotton.
disabled or crippled in the legs or feet
painful or weak: a lame back
weak; unconvincing: a lame excuse
not effective or enthusiastic: a lame try
(US, slang) conventional or uninspiring
(transitive) to make lame
one of the overlapping metal plates used in armour after about 1330; splint
“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.”
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.
“to make lame,” c.1300, from lame (adj.). Related: Lamed; laming.
adj. lam·er, lam·est
v. lamed, lam·ing, lames
To cause to become lame; cripple.
An old-fashioned, conventional person; square: and not worry about anybody naming me a lame/ not have been as quick to judge him as a lame (1950s+ Teenagers fr jazz musicians)
[leym-breyn] /ˈleɪmˌbreɪn/ noun, Informal. 1. a dunce; booby; fool. /ˈleɪmˌbreɪn/ noun 1. (informal) a stupid or slow-witted person n. 1921, from lame (adj.) + brain (n.). noun A stupid person; dope, knucklehead: Not all the lamebrains on Capitol Hill frequent the House or Senate (1929+)
[leym-breyn] /ˈleɪmˌbreɪn/ noun, Informal. 1. a dunce; booby; fool. /ˈleɪmˌbreɪn/ noun 1. (informal) a stupid or slow-witted person adjective Stupid; klutzy (1929+) noun A stupid person; dope, knucklehead: Not all the lamebrains on Capitol Hill frequent the House or Senate (1929+)
[ley-mik] /ˈleɪ mɪk/ noun 1. the son of Enoch, and the father of Jabal, Jubal, and Tubal-cain. Gen. 4:18. the strikerdown; the wild man. (1.) The fifth in descent from Cain. He was the first to violate the primeval ordinance of marriage (Gen. 4:18-24). His address to his two wives, Adah and Zillah (4:23, 24), […]
[lah-mid, -med] /ˈlɑ mɪd, -mɛd/ noun 1. the 12th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. 2. the consonant sound represented by this letter. [leym] /leɪm/ adjective, lamer, lamest. 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 […]