Gatto lamely maintained that Valle had just been checking the system.
"There's always a lot of infection down in those tenements," said Dr. Surtaine lamely.
“A man in my line of business gits in a hurry once in a while,” he said lamely.
He went on lamely, in broken sentences, repeating what he'd said, in still more inadequate words.
It was some time before he answered the question and then he did so lamely.
"We—we thought may—maybe the fishing was better over here," replied George lamely.
"You are making a terrible mistake," said Emil Bauermann lamely.
His extraordinary warmth confounded me so much, that I justified myself but lamely to him; yet my intentions were not improper.
"Great copy," he said lamely, but he made no entry in his notebook.
"I—I—just thought you might wish to appoint someone else," she said lamely.
"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)