Lame meaning

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The definition of lame is being physically disabled causing a limp or something that is weak and unsatisfactory.

An example of lame is a person who has trouble walking.

An example of lame is a poor excuse for missing an important occasion.

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Dull or unsatisfactory.

That movie was so lame!

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Weak, unconvincing, inadequate, etc.

A lame excuse.

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Socially inappropriate; foolish.
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A shiny fabric woven with metallic threads, often of gold or silver.
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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.

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Marked by pain or rigidness.

A lame back.

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Weak or ineffectual.

A lame attempt to apologize.

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To cause to become lame; cripple.
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A thin metal plate, especially one of the overlapping steel plates in medieval armor.
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Crippled; disabled; esp., having an injured leg or foot that makes one limp.
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Stiff and very painful.

A lame back.

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Inept, ineffectual, pathetic, etc.
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To make lame.
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A thin metal plate.
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The thin, overlapping metal plates in a piece of armor.
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A fabric of silk, wool, or cotton interwoven with metallic threads, as of gold or silver.
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Disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible.
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Marked by pain or rigidness.

A lame back.

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To cause to become lame; cripple.
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Unable to walk properly because of a problem with one's feet or legs.
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Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury, defect or temporary obstruction of a function.

A lame leg, arm or muscle.

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(by extension) Hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect.
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He had a really lame excuse for missing the birthday party.

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(slang) Failing to be cool, funny, interesting or relevant.

He kept telling these extremely lame jokes all night.

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To cause a person or animal to become lame.
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(in the plural) A set of joined, overlapping metal plates.
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(obsolete) To shine.

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Origin of lame

From Old English lama, from the Proto-Germanic *lama-, from Proto-Indo-European *lem- (“to crush; fragile”). Akin to German lahm and Dutch lam, Old Norse lami, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian lam, akin to Old Church Slavonic ломити (lomiti, “to break”).