[ US /ˈɫeɪm/ ]
  1. deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg
    The accident has crippled her for life
  1. pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness
    a lame argument
    a feeble excuse
  2. disabled in the feet or legs
    a game leg
    a crippled soldier
  1. a fabric interwoven with threads of metal
    she wore a gold lame dress
  2. someone who doesn't understand what is going on
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How To Use lame In A Sentence

  • Assuming that 15 pound breaking strain line is used, an angler using monofilament might have to use a six or eight ounce sinker and use a 20 lb class rod to carry that sinker weight.
  • The brightly colored outfits may be made of either cotton or such dressy fabrics as velvet, satin, and lamé.
  • By adding the chlorides of strontian, uranium, potassium, sodium, iron, or copper to the liquid, various effects may be produced, and these bodies will be found to produce the same color on the plate that their flame gives to alcohol. American Hand Book of the Daguerreotype
  • A damning indictment for a Paul Bartel film, Lust in the Dust is found guilty of being bland and lame.
  • The bombardment of the GPO had fascinated MacMurrough: the annunciatory puffs of smoke and the flames that roared to greet them; then the crashing gun’s report, the shell’s eruption—an illogical sequence, effect before cause, an object lesson in the madness of war. At Swim, Two Boys
  • The blame for this month's wet weather lies with the jet stream winds a few miles high. Times, Sunday Times
  • Naa, Mr. Penrose, yo 'preachers talk abaat th' Cross, and it's o 'reet that yo' should; but yo 'cannot blame me for talkin' abaat my flute, con yo ', when it's bin my salvation? Lancashire Idylls (1898)
  • We had engaged a very nice mare and stanhope, which we knew we could depend upon, when, the day before the race, the chestnut was declared lame, and not a presentable four-legged animal was to be hired in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846
  • ‘If you've no wish to sell the charcoals,’ Rachel began, ‘I don't at all blame you.'
  • They therefore blame not the buddy system but political patronage for government inefficiency.
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