< /leɪm; French lam/. Armor.
- any of a number of thin, overlapping plates composing a piece of plate armor, as a fauld, tasset, or gauntlet.
- an ornamental fabric in which metallic threads, as of gold or silver, are woven with silk, wool, rayon, or cotton.
- disabled or crippled in the legs or feet
- painful or weaka lame back
- weak; unconvincinga lame excuse
- not effective or enthusiastica lame try
- US slang conventional or uninspiring
- (tr) to make lame
- one of the overlapping metal plates used in armour after about 1330; splint
- a fabric of silk, cotton, or wool interwoven with threads of metal
- (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.
- Disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible.
- Marked by pain or rigidness.
- To cause to become lame; cripple.