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lame1  audio  (lm) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
lam·er, lam·est
  1. 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.
  2. Marked by pain or rigidness: a lame back.
  3. Weak and ineffectual; unsatisfactory: a lame attempt to apologize; lame excuses for not arriving on time.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
lamed, lam·ing, lames
To cause to become lame; cripple.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old English lama

OTHER FORMS:
lamely(Adverb), lameness(Noun)


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