I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English maymen, mahaymen, from Anglo-French maheimer, mahaigner — more at mayhem Date: 14th century 1. to commit the felony of mayhem upon 2. to mutilate, disfigure, or wound seriously • maimer noun Synonyms: maim, cripple, mutilate, batter, mangle mean to injure so severely as to cause lasting damage. maim implies the loss or injury of a bodily member through violence <
maimed by a shark
. cripple implies the loss or serious impairment of an arm or leg <
crippled for life in an accident
. mutilate implies the cutting off or removal of an essential part of a person or thing thereby impairing its completeness, beauty, or function <
a tree mutilated by inept pruning
. batter implies a series of blows that bruise deeply, deform, or mutilate <
an old ship battered by fierce storms
. mangle implies a tearing or crushing that leaves deep wounds <
a soldier's leg mangled by shrapnel
. II. noun Date: 14th century 1. obsolete serious physical injury; especially loss of a member of the body 2. obsolete a serious loss

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • maim — / mām/ vt: to mutilate, disfigure, or wound seriously compare mayhem Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. maim …   Law dictionary

  • Maim — Maim, n. [Written in law language {maihem}, and {mayhem}.] [OF. mehaing. See {Maim}, v.] 1. The privation of the use of a limb or member of the body, by which one is rendered less able to defend himself or to annoy his adversary. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maim — maim, cripple, mutilate, batter, mangle are comparable when they mean to injure the body or an object so severely as to leave permanent or long lasting effects. Maim implies the loss of a limb or member or the destruction of its usefulness… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Maim — (m[=a]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Maimed} (m[=a]md);p. pr. & vb. n. {Maiming}.] [OE. maimen, OF. mahaignier, mehaignier, meshaignier, cf. It. magagnare, LL. mahemiare, mahennare; perh. of Celtic origin; cf. Armor. mac ha[ n]a to mutilate, m[=a]c ha… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maim — [meım] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: maynier] to wound or injure someone very seriously and often permanently ▪ Landmines still kill or maim about 300 people every month …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • maim — maim·er; maim; …   English syllables

  • maim — [mām] vt. [ME maymen < OFr mahaigner, mayner] to deprive of the use of some necessary part of the body; cripple; mutilate; disable n. [ME mayme, maheym < OFr mahaing, main] Obs. an injury causing the loss or crippling of some necessary part …   English World dictionary

  • maim — [ meım ] verb transitive to injure someone seriously, especially permanently: The boy had been maimed in a train wreck …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • maim — (v.) c.1300, maimen, from O.Fr. mahaignier injure, wound, muitilate, cripple, disarm, possibly from V.L. *mahanare (Cf. Prov. mayanhar, It. magagnare), of unknown origin; or possibly from a Germanic source, from P.Gmc. *mait (Cf. O.N. meiða to… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • maim — ► VERB ▪ wound or injure (someone) so that part of the body is permanently damaged. ORIGIN Old French mahaignier …   English terms dictionary

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