feeble vs lame what difference

what is difference between feeble and lame

English

Etymology

From Middle English feble, from Anglo-Norman feble (weak, feeble) (compare French faible), from Latin flēbilis (tearful, mournful, lamentable). Doublet of foible.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfiːbəl/
  • Rhymes: -iːbəl

Adjective

feeble (comparative feebler, superlative feeblest)

  1. Deficient in physical strength
    Though she appeared old and feeble, she could still throw a ball.
  2. Lacking force, vigor, or efficiency in action or expression; faint.
    That was a feeble excuse for an example.

Synonyms

  • (physically weak): weak, infirm, debilitated
  • (wanting force, vigor or efficiency): faint

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

feeble (third-person singular simple present feebles, present participle feebling, simple past and past participle feebled)

  1. (obsolete) To make feeble; to enfeeble.

References

  • feeble in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • feeble in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • beflee

Middle English

Adjective

feeble

  1. Alternative form of feble


English

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /leɪm/
  • Rhymes: -eɪm
  • Hyphenation: lame

Etymology 1

From Middle English lame, from Old English lama (lame), from Proto-Germanic *lamaz (lame), from Proto-Indo-European *lem- (to crush; fragile). Akin to German lahm and Dutch lam, Old Norse lami, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian lam, akin to Old Church Slavonic ломити (lomiti, to break).

Adjective

lame (comparative lamer, superlative lamest)

  1. Unable to walk properly because of a problem with one’s feet or legs.
  2. Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury, defect or temporary obstruction of a function.
  3. (by extension) Hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect.
    • a. 1677, Isaac Barrow, Of Industry in General (sermon)
      a lame endeavour
    • c. 1603, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act II scene i[1]:
      O, most lame and impotent conclusion! []
  4. (slang) Unconvincing or unbelievable.
  5. (slang) Failing to be cool, funny, interesting or relevant.
Usage notes

Referring to a person without a disability as “lame” is offensive to many as it suggests a derogatory characterization of the physical condition from which the term was derived.

Synonyms
  • (unable to walk properly because of a problem with one’s feet or legs): crippled
  • (moving with difficulty):
  • (by extension, hobbling): hobbling, limping, inefficient, imperfect
  • (slang, unconvincing): weak, unbelievable
  • (slang, failing to be cool, funny, interesting, or relevant): boring, pathetic, uncool, unfunny, uninteresting, irrelevant
Antonyms
  • (unable to walk properly because of a problem with one’s feet or legs):
  • (moving with difficulty):
  • (by extension, hobbling): efficient, perfect
  • (slang, unconvincing): convincing, believable
  • (slang, failing to be cool, funny, interesting, or relevant): cool, funny, interesting, relevant
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

lame (third-person singular simple present lames, present participle laming, simple past and past participle lamed)

  1. (transitive) To cause (a person or animal) to become lame.
Translations

Noun

lame (plural lames)

  1. (prison slang) A stupid or undesirable person.
    • 2011, Lil’ Kim, Black Friday (song)
      You lames tryna clone my style and run wit it.

Etymology 2

From Middle French lame, from Latin lamina.

Noun

lame (plural lames)

  1. A lamina; a thin layer or plate of material, as in certain kinds of armor.
    • 2013, Paul F Walker, History of Armour 1100-1700, Crowood (→ISBN):
      This rim involved a raised rolled edge on the rerebrace that was inserted into a raised lip on the lower lame of the pauldron. This lip allows the arm to rotate without the need for leather straps and can be clearly seen carved on to the effigy []
    • 2015, Anne Curry, Malcolm Mercer, The Battle of Agincourt, Yale University Press (→ISBN), page 120:
      These pauldrons are generally asymmetrical with the left pauldron wider than the right, which is cut away for the passage of the lance. It would be attached to the shoulder by points through a restored leather tab on the top lame at the apex []
  2. (in the plural) A set of joined overlapping metal plates.
  3. Kitchen tool for scoring bread dough before baking.
Related terms
  • lamé
  • lamella, lamellar

References

Anagrams

  • -meal, Elam, Elma, Leam, Lema, Malé, alme, amel, leam, lema, male, meal, mela, mela-

Esperanto

Adverb

lame

  1. lamely

Estonian

Etymology

From lamama +‎ -e.

Adjective

lame (genitive lameda, partitive lamedat)

  1. flat

Declension


French

Etymology

Inherited from Latin lāmina, through the accusative lāminam. Doublet of lamine, a borrowing.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /lam/
  • Rhymes: -am
  • Homophone: lames

Noun

lame f (plural lames)

  1. lamina
  2. blade
  3. wave

Related terms

  • lamé m
  • lamer
  • lamellaire
  • lamelle
  • laminer
  • lamineur m

Descendants

  • Italian: lama
  • Persian: لام(lâm, microscope slide)

Further reading

  • “lame” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • mâle, mêla

Friulian

Etymology

Ultimately from Latin lamina. Compare Romansch loma, lama, French lame, Italian and Venetian lama.

Noun

lame f (plural lamis)

  1. blade

German

Etymology

From the English adjective lame.

Adjective

lame

  1. (slang) boring; unimpressive
  2. (slang) unskilled; useless

Declension

This entry needs an inflection-table template.

Further reading

  • “lame” in Duden online

Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈla.me/

Noun

lame f

  1. plural of lama

Anagrams

  • alme, male, mela

Mauritian Creole

Etymology

From French main.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [lame]

Noun

lame

  1. hand

Middle English

Verb

lame

  1. To shine.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Piers Plowman to this entry?)

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology 1

Adjective

lame

  1. (non-standard since 2012) definite singular of lam
  2. (non-standard since 2012) plural of lam

Etymology 2

Noun

lame m (definite singular lameen, indefinite plural lamear, definite plural lameane)

  1. alternative spelling of lamé

Old French

Noun

lame f (oblique plural lames, nominative singular lame, nominative plural lames)

  1. blade (of a weapon)

Romanian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈlame]

Noun

lame f

  1. indefinite plural of lamă
  2. indefinite genitive/dative singular of lamă

Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈlame/, [ˈla.me]

Verb

lame

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of lamer.
    ¡Lame mi culo! — “Lick my asshole!”
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of lamer.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of lamer.
    Lame. — “[He/she/it] licks.”

Swedish

Adjective

lame

  1. absolute definite natural masculine singular of lam.

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