m) KEY ADJECTIVE: lam·er
TRANSITIVE VERB: lamed
- 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.
- Marked by pain or rigidness: a lame back.
- Weak and ineffectual; unsatisfactory: a lame attempt to apologize; lame excuses for not arriving on time.
- To cause to become lame; cripple.
Middle English, from Old English lamaOTHER FORMS:lamely(Adverb)