1. Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury, defect, or temporary obstruction of a function; as, a lame leg, arm, or muscle. To some degree disabled by reason of the imperfect action of a limb; crippled; as, a lame man. "Lame of one leg." . "Lame in both his feet." . "He fell, and became lame." .

2. Hence, hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect. "A lame endeavor." "O, most lame and impotent conclusion!" (Shak) Lame duck, a person who can not fulfill his contracts.

Origin: OE. Lame, AS. Lama; akin to D. Lam, G. Lahm,OHG, Dan, & Sw. Lam, Icel. Lami, Russ. Lomate to break, lomota rheumatism.

(01 Mar 1998)

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