AskDefine | Define lame

Dictionary Definition

lame adj
1 pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness; "a feeble excuse"; "a lame argument" [syn: feeble]
2 (of horses) disabled in the feet or legs [syn: spavined]
3 disabled in the feet or legs; "a crippled soldier"; "a game leg" [syn: crippled, halt, halting, game]

Noun

1 someone who doesn't understand what is going on [syn: square]
2 a fabric interwoven with threads of metal; "she wore a gold lame dress" v : deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg; "The accident has crippled her for life" [syn: cripple]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /leɪm/, /leIm/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪm

Etymology 1

lama, akin to German lahm and Dutch lam, Old Norse lami, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian lam

Adjective

  1. unable to walk properly because of a problem with one's feet or legs
  2. moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury, defect, or temporary obstruction of a function
    a lame leg, arm, or muscle
  3. In the context of "by extension": hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect.
  4. unconvincing or unbelievable
    He had a really lame excuse for missing the birthday party.
  5. failing to be cool, funny, interesting, or relevant
    He kept telling these lame jokes all night.
Usage notes
Referring to a person with a disability as “lame” is offensive to many and, in current usage, rare.
Derived terms
Translations
unable to walk properly because of a problem with one's feet or legs
  • Czech: chromý
  • Finnish: rampa
  • Hungarian: sánta
  • Russian: хромой
moving with difficulty
  • Finnish: heikko, rampa
  • Hungarian: nyomorék, béna
  • Russian: искалеченный, увечный
by extension, hobbling
  • Finnish: ontuva, heikko
  • Hungarian: sántikáló
  • Russian: хромающий
slang, unconvincing
  • Finnish: heikko, huono, tyhmä, ontuva
  • Hungarian: átlátszó
slang, failing to be cool, funny, interesting, or relevant
  • Finnish: typerä, tyhmä, ontuva
  • Hungarian: béna

Etymology 2

lemian

Verb

  1. To cause a person or animal to become lame
    • 1877: Anna Sewell, Black Beauty: And if you don't want to lame your horse you must look sharp and get them [stones stuck in hooves] out quickly.

Anagrams

Estonian

Adjective

lame

Anagrams

French

Pronunciation

Noun

fr-noun f

Related terms

German

Etymology

From the English adjective lame.

Adjective

  1. boring; unimpressive
  2. unskilled; useless

Italian

Noun

  1. Plural of lama

Spanish

Verb

  1. Lame. — “[He/she/it] licks.”
  2. ¡Lame! — “Lick!”

Swedish

Adjective

  1. Definite tense, masculine gender, most common in Southern Swedish. In Standard Swedish, optional alternative to lama (Definite tense, feminine or common gender)

Extensive Definition

Lame means moving with pain or difficulty, or colloquially, an unconvincing argument.
Lame may also refer to:
Other uses for lame and lamé (derived from the French) are:
lame in German: Lame
lame in Spanish: LAME
lame in French: Lame

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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