Maim definition

mām
To injure, disable, or disfigure, usually by depriving of the use of a limb or other part of the body.
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(obs.) An injury causing the loss or crippling of some necessary part of the body; mutilation; disablement.
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To deprive of the use of some necessary part of the body; cripple; mutilate; disable.
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The definition of maim is to mutilate or injure in a way that limits full use of the body.

An example of to maim is to shoot someone in the foot.

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To wound seriously; to cause permanent loss of function of a limb or part of the body.
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To make imperfect or defective; impair.
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Origin of maim

  • Middle English maimen from Old French mahaignier mayhem

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English maymen, mahaymen, from Anglo-Norman maheimer, mahaigner; see mayhem.

    From Wiktionary