1 [leym]
adjective, lamer, lamest.
crippled or physically disabled, especially in the foot or leg so as to limp or walk with difficulty.
impaired or disabled through defect or injury: a lame arm.
weak; inadequate; unsatisfactory; clumsy: a lame excuse.
Slang. out of touch with modern fads or trends; unsophisticated.
verb (used with object), lamed, laming.
to make lame or defective.
Slang. a person who is out of touch with modern fads or trends, especially one who is unsophisticated.

before 900; Middle English (adj. and v.); Old English lama (adj.); cognate with Dutch lam, German lahm, Old Norse lami; akin to Lithuanian lúomas

lamely, adverb
lameness, noun Unabridged
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lame1 (leɪm)
1.  disabled or crippled in the legs or feet
2.  painful or weak: a lame back
3.  weak; unconvincing: a lame excuse
4.  not effective or enthusiastic: a lame try
5.  slang (US) conventional or uninspiring
6.  (tr) to make lame
[Old English lama; related to Old Norse lami, German lahm]

lame2 (leɪm)
one of the overlapping metal plates used in armour after about 1330; splint
[C16: via Old French from Latin lāmina a thin plate, lamina]

lamé (ˈlɑːmeɪ)
a.  a fabric of silk, cotton, or wool interwoven with threads of metal
 b.  (as modifier): a gold lamé gown
[from French, from Old French lame gold or silver thread, thin plate, from Latin lāmina thin plate]

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Word Origin & History

"silk interwoven with metallic threads," 1922, from Fr., earlier "thin metal plate" (1586), from M.Fr. lame, from L. lamina, lamna "thin piece or flake of metal."

O.E. lama. from P.Gmc. *lamon (cf. O.N. lami, Du., O.Fris. lam, Ger. lahm "lame"), "weak-limbed," lit. "broken," from PIE base *lem- "to break" (cf. O.C.S. lomiti "to break," Lith. luomas "lame"). Sense of "socially awkward" is attested from 1942. Verb meaning "to make lame" is attested from c.1300.
Related: Lamely; lameness. Lame-brain (n.) is first recorded 1929.
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Medical Dictionary

lame (lām)
adj. lam·er, lam·est

  1. Disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible.

  2. Marked by pain or rigidness.

v. lamed, lam·ing, lames
To cause to become lame; cripple.
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Example sentences
But they also taught the ways that language itself could create desire rather than lamely stumble after it.
Thus, the procedure he now lamely challenges was for his own benefit.
We know where that goes, anyway, a needless exercise in frustration and lamely worded form letters.
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