Lame

Definition of Lame

Pronunciation: lām
a.1.Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury, defect, or temporary obstruction of a function; as, a lame leg, arm, or muscle.
2.Hence, hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect; as, a lame answer.
O, most lame and impotent conclusion!
- Shak.
Lame duck
a - (Stock Exchange) a person who can not fulfill his contracts.
b - An elected politician who is completing a term after having been defeated at an election; also, an office holder who cannot or chooses not to run again for the same office; - So called from the presumed lack of political power of one who is soon to be out of office.
b - Any office holder who is serving out a term after a replacement has been selected.
v. t.1.To make lame.
[imp. & p. p. Lamed (lāmd); p. pr. & vb. n. Laming.]
If you happen to let child fall and lame it.
- Swift.

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