Definition of maim in English:

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Pronunciation: /mām/


[with object]
Wound or injure (someone) so that part of the body is permanently damaged: 100,000 soldiers were killed or maimed
More example sentences
  • And I don't think any player goes on the field to deliberately hurt or maim someone.
  • The last thing I needed was to be maimed by a wild animal two hours before my birthday.
  • He then claims he will permanently maim the younger man - one fears the worst - but, in fact, does no such thing.
injure, wound, cripple, disable, incapacitate, impair, mar, mutilate, lacerate, disfigure, deform, mangle


Middle English: from Old French mahaignier, of unknown origin.

  • mayhem from early 16th century:

    Between the 15th and 19th centuries mayhem was a crime which involved maiming a person so that they could no longer defend themselves. In origin the word is a form of maim (Middle English), which came through French but whose ultimate origin is unknown. The modern sense ‘violent or extreme disorder’ originated in the USA in the 19th century.

Words that rhyme with maim

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

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Syllabification: maim

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