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Language: Old English
Origin: lama


1 adjective
a) unable to walk properly because your leg or foot is injured or weak:
a lame dog
go lame (=become lame)

the lame

[plural] people who are lame
2 a lame explanation or excuse is weak and difficult to believe
lame excuse/explanation
She gave some lame excuse about missing the bus.
a lame attempt to deflect criticism
3 informal boring or not very good [= poor]:
A lot of the songs on this album are a bit lame.
the company's lame performance
lameness noun [uncountable]

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