lame´ness


lame´ness
lame1 «laym», adjective, lam|er, lam|est, verb, lamed, lam|ing.
–adj.
1. not able to walk properly; having an injured leg or foot; crippled: »

The soldier limps because he is lame from an old wound.

SYNONYM(S): disabled, halt, game.
2. stiff and sore: »

His arm is lame from playing ball.

3. Figurative. poor or weak; not very good: »

Sleeping too long is a lame excuse for being late.

SYNONYM(S): imperfect, unconvincing, feeble, unsatisfactory.
4. U.S. Slang. not up to date; naive: »

Anyone who does not know that he is the positively super-fab lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders is obviously lame…or perhaps just over 25 and into the twilight of life (Time).

5. Archaic. crippled or impaired in any way; unable to move; infirm.
–v.t.
to make lame; cripple: »

The accident lamed him for life.

–v.i.
to become lame; go lame.
[Old English lama]
lame´ly, adverb.
lame´ness, noun.
lame2 «laym», noun.
1. one of numerous thin, small, steel plates laid in an overlapping pattern in making pieces of flexible armor.
2. Obsolete. a thin piece of any substance; lamina.
[< Old French lame < Latin lāmina, and lāmna. See doublet etym. at lamina. (Cf.lamina)]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • lame — lame; lame·ly; lame·ness; …   English syllables

  • lame´ly — lame1 «laym», adjective, lam|er, lam|est, verb, lamed, lam|ing. –adj. 1. not able to walk properly; having an injured leg or foot; …   Useful english dictionary

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  • lame — I [[t]leɪm[/t]] adj. lam•er, lam•est, 1) crippled or physically disabled, esp. in the foot or leg so as to cause limping 2) being stiff and sore: a lame arm from playing tennis[/ex] 3) weak; inadequate: a lame excuse[/ex] 4) cvb sts Slang.… …   From formal English to slang

  • limp´ness — limp1 «lihmp», noun, verb. –n a lame step or walk. ╂[< verb] –v.i. 1. to walk with a limp: »After falling down the stairs, he limped for several days. SYNONYM(S): hobble. 2. Figurative. to proceed slowly and with difficulty: »The plane limped… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ar|tic´u|late|ness — ar|tic|u|late «adjective, noun. ahr TIHK yuh liht; verb. ahr TIHK yuh layt», adjective, verb, lat|ed, lat|ing, noun. –adj. 1. spoken in distinct syllables or words: »A baby cries and gurgles but does not use articulate speech. SYNONYM(S): clear,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • halt´ing|ness — halt|ing «HL tihng», adjective. 1. that halts; limping; lame. 2. Figurative. a) hesitating; wavering: »Shyness made the boy speak in a halting manner. b) feeble; ineffective; faulty: »halting verse. –halt´ing|ly, a …   Useful english dictionary

  • in´con|sec´u|tive|ness — in|con|sec|u|tive «IHN kuhn SEHK yuh tihv», adjective. not consecutive; disconnected: »His argument is altogether lame and inconsecutive (G. S. Faber). –in´con|sec´u|tive|ly, adverb. –in´con|sec´u|tive|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • lameness — lame·ness …   English syllables


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