1250–1300; Middle English mayme,
variant of mahayme mayhem
maimedness, nounmaimer, nounremaim, verb (used with object)self-maimed, adjectiveunmaimed, adjective
Can be confused
(see synonym study at the current entry)
1. Maim, lacerate, mangle, mutilate
indicate the infliction of painful and severe injuries on the body. To maim
is to injure by giving a disabling wound, or by depriving a person of one or more members or their use: maimed in an accident.
is to inflict severe cuts and tears on the flesh or skin: to lacerate an arm.
is to chop undiscriminatingly or to crush or rend by blows or pressure, as if by machinery: bodies mangled in a train wreck.
is to injure the completeness or beauty of a body, especially by cutting off an important member: to mutilate a statue, a tree, a person. 2.
injure, disable, deface, mar.