< /leɪm; French lam/. Armor.

  1. any of a number of thin, overlapping plates composing a piece of plate armor, as a fauld, tasset, or gauntlet.


  1. an ornamental fabric in which metallic threads, as of gold or silver, are woven with silk, wool, rayon, or cotton.


  1. disabled or crippled in the legs or feet
  2. painful or weaka lame back
  3. weak; unconvincinga lame excuse
  4. not effective or enthusiastica lame try
  5. US slang conventional or uninspiring


  1. (tr) to make lame


  1. one of the overlapping metal plates used in armour after about 1330; splint


    1. a fabric of silk, cotton, or wool interwoven with threads of metal
    2. (as modifier)a gold lamé gown

n.“silk interwoven with metallic threads,” 1922, from French lame, earlier “thin metal plate (especially in armor), gold wire; blade; wave (of the sea),” from Middle French lame, from Latin lamina, lamna “thin piece or flake of metal.” adj.Old English lama “crippled, lame; paralytic, weak,” from Proto-Germanic *lamon (cf. Old Norse lami, Dutch and Old Frisian lam, German lahm “lame”), “weak-limbed,” literally “broken,” from PIE root *lem- “to break; broken,” with derivatives meaning “crippled” (cf. Old Church Slavonic lomiti “to break,” Lithuanian luomas “lame”). In Middle English, “crippled in the feet,” but also “crippled in the hands; disabled by disease; maimed.” Sense of “socially awkward” is attested from 1942. Noun meaning “crippled persons collectively” is in late Old English. v.“to make lame,” c.1300, from lame (adj.). Related: Lamed; laming. adj.

  1. Disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible.
  2. Marked by pain or rigidness.


  1. To cause to become lame; cripple.

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