The definition of lame is being physically disabled causing a limp or something that is weak and unsatisfactory.adjective
- An example of lame is a person who has trouble walking.
- An example of lame is a poor excuse for missing an important occasion.
- crippled; disabled; esp., having an injured leg or foot that makes one limp
- stiff and very painful: a lame back
- poor, weak, unconvincing, ineffectual, etc.: a lame excuse
Origin: ME < OE lama, akin to Ger lahm, ON lami < IE base *lem-, to break > Russ lomat', to break
- a thin metal plate
- the thin, overlapping metal plates in a piece of armor
Origin: Fr < L lamina: see lamina
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adjective lam·er, lam·est
- Disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible: Lame from the accident, he walked with a cane. A lame wing kept the bird from flying.
- Marked by pain or rigidness: a lame back.
- Weak and ineffectual; unsatisfactory: a lame attempt to apologize; lame excuses for not arriving on time.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English lama.
- lameˈly adverb
- lameˈness noun
Origin: French, from Old French, from Latin lāmina, thin plate.
Origin: French, spangled, laminated, lamé, from Old French lame, thin metal plate; see lame2.
lame - Medical Definition
- Disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible.
- Marked by pain or rigidness.