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lame 1

Pronunciation: /lām/


1(Of a person or animal) unable to walk normally because of an injury or illness affecting the leg or foot: his horse went lame
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  • I was just reading a report the other day that 24% of all dairy cows are lame.
  • There were also some lame sheep and others suffering from diarrhoea.
  • Later it was revealed that the horse was lame and he will now miss the remainder of the 2002-03 season, including his chance at Cheltenham glory.
limping, hobbling;
crippled, disabled, incapacitated
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1.1(Of a leg or foot) affected by injury or illness.
Example sentences
  • But M.G. Anand conquered the illness, as he overcame a lame leg when he was just two years old.
  • She is the sweetly sexy young innocent with the funky left-field disability: a lame leg from polio.
  • However he realised that it just would not be that easy, for he himself had a lame leg and could only move slowly.
2(Of an explanation or excuse) unconvincingly feeble: it was a lame statement and there was no excusing his behavior
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  • Better roads in cities that receive heavier rains are testimony to the fact that blaming the rains is a lame excuse for poor quality of public works.
  • To say it is impossible to segregate fans is a lame excuse and an abdication of responsibility which will eventually drive away some Bolton supporters from attending altogether.
  • Do you think that's just a lame excuse or is that true?
feeble, weak, thin, flimsy, poor, sorry;
unconvincing, implausible, unlikely
2.1(Of something intended to be entertaining) uninspiring and dull.
Example sentences
  • Contemporary Christian music may be lame and uninspiring, but the answer is not to be found in longing, naively and uncritically, for mainstream success.
  • I think most of it is completely lame and uninteresting until we get down to Hard Acid Techno and VGM (Video Game Music).
  • I also hate Popstars Live, because it is lame, and boring.
2.2North American informal (Of a person) naive or inept, especially socially: anyone who doesn’t know that is obviously lame
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  • And a lot of it was conjured by those three lame idiots.
  • "Hi, " I said and regretted it immediately because I sounded so lame.
  • He asked, then mentally kicked himself for sounding so lame.
2.3(Of verse or metrical feet) halting; metrically defective.
Example sentences
  • While prosthetic body parts were not the most common early modern representation of metrically unsound feet, Ascham is in ample company when it comes to equating lame verse with human lameness.


[with object]
Make (a person or animal) lame: somebody lamed him with a stone
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  • She did evil acts from laming her horse to using Iolaus to kill his best friend.
  • Yet, you offered to stay behind at Camelot willingly, when you were not lamed or too young.
  • In one of the Kerry stories in which the local priest is obliged to resort to the wise-woman when his horse is mysteriously lamed, we are told that many people believed that it was from the Devil that she had her powers.



Pronunciation: /ˈlāmlē/
Example sentences
  • Laboured and formulaic, he responded lamely to the early questions by immediately conceding to MPs from all sides of the House just how important was the point they were raising.
  • Now as then, the opposition party finds itself stuck in a seemingly endless cycle of lamely reacting to the President's initiatives.
  • Pollack lamely answered that there were ‘things we could do to minimize unrest in the region.’


Pronunciation: /ˈlāmnəs/
Example sentences
  • About 70 lambs were treated for footrot, which causes lameness, by Mr Drouin and Beale between January 17 and 19 and two lambs were put down.
  • The research team, led by Dr Pat Dillon at Teagasc Moorepark, found that one of the imported breeds, the Normandes, had a high incidence of lameness.
  • He was convicted of four charges of causing unnecessary suffering to sheep and lambs by failing to treat or seek veterinary advice for emaciation and lameness and cleared of three charges.


Old English lama, of Germanic origin, related to Dutch lam and German lahm.

Words that rhyme with lame

acclaim, aflame, aim, became, blame, came, claim, dame, exclaim, fame, flame, frame, game, maim, misname, name, proclaim, same, shame, tame
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lamé 2

Pronunciation: /laˈmā/


Fabric with interwoven gold or silver threads.
Example sentences
  • It's sensuous, sensual art, much like Debussy and Ravel at the same time, but heavier on the perfume, gold lamé, and red velvet.
  • Camper than a Christmas tree and fonder of gold lamé than Lily Savage, Bill Kenwright's revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical is full of bare-faced cheek and a highly developed sense of fun.
  • It is years since I have seen such a delectable array of flesh-coloured tights topped with gold lamé.


(Of fabric or a garment) interwoven with gold or silver threads.
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  • Driver is strikingly supported by Danielle Cormack as his loyal concubine, who appears in an increasingly bizarre array of outfits - sequined corsets, dominatrix leathers, gold lamé bodysuit - as her instability develops.
  • At the stage of her career where she's expected to settle down with Uncle Vanya or some such thing, Rosling, I'm happy to report, instead wriggles into gold lamé hot pants, then taps, belly dances and whirls around a pole.
  • And yes, here he was back for The Look Of Love in his trademark gold lamé suit, just a couple of waist sizes larger than I remembered.


1920s: French, from Latin lamina (see lamina).

Words that rhyme with lamé

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