An example of to maim is to shoot someone in the foot.
Origin of maimMiddle English maymen ; from Old French mahaigner, mayner
Origin of maimME mayme, maheym < OFr mahaing, main
transitive verbmaimed, maim·ing, maims
- To injure, disable, or disfigure, usually by depriving of the use of a limb or other part of the body. See Synonyms at mangle.
- To make imperfect or defective; impair: “The presumption of innocence has already been maimed &ellipsis; for foreign Muslims” (Nicholas D. Kristof).
Origin of maimMiddle English maimen, from Old French mahaignier; see mayhem.
(third-person singular simple present maims, present participle maiming, simple past and past participle maimed)
- To wound seriously; to cause permanent loss of function of a limb or part of the body.