Richardson is now the lamest of lame ducks; his in-state approval ratings have plummeted to his all-time low of 41 percent.
The person with authority on that stage was Romney—offered it by one of the lamest moderators ever, and seized with relish.
George W. Bush, lamest lame-duck president ever, is playing a hard and fast game of chess with President-elect Barack Obama.
"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."
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.
"to make lame," c.1300, from lame (adj.). Related: Lamed; laming.
adj. lam·er, lam·est
Disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible.
Marked by pain or rigidness.
An old-fashioned, conventional person; square: and not worry about anybody naming me a lame/ not have been as quick to judge him as a lame (1950s+ Teenagers fr jazz musicians)