lame
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) IPA: /leɪm/
Adjective

lame (comparative lamer, superlative lamest)

  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. (by extension) Hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect.
    • Barrow
      a lame endeavour
    • circa 1603 William Shakespeare, Othello, Act II scene i:
      O, most lame and impotent conclusion! […]
  4. (slang) Unconvincing or unbelievable.
    (He had a really lame excuse for missing the birthday party.)
  5. (slang) Failing to be cool, funny, interesting or relevant.
    (He kept telling these extremely lame jokes all night.)
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: manco
  • Russian: искале́ченный
Translations
  • Portuguese: capenga
  • Russian: хрома́ющий
Translations Translations Verb

lame (lames, present participle laming; past and past participle lamed)

  1. (transitive) 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.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 6
      Now her soul felt lamed in itself. It was her hope that was struck.
Translations
  • Italian: azzoppare
  • Portuguese: deixar manco
  • Russian: калечить
Noun

lame (plural lames)

  1. (prison slang) A stupid or undesirable person.
    • 2011, Lil' Kim, Black Friday (song)
      You lames tryna clone my style and run wit it.
Noun

lame (plural lames)

  1. A lamina.
  2. (in the plural) A set of joined overlapping metal plates.
Related terms Verb

lame (lames, present participle laming; past and past participle lamed)

  1. (obsolete) To shine.



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