maim

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

    Law dictionary

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 maim´er — maim «maym», verb, noun, adjective. –v.t. 1. to cut off or make useless an arm, leg, ear, or the like, of; cripple; disable: »He lost two toes in the accident, but we were glad that he was not more seriously maimed. SYNONYM(S): mutilate, mangle.… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 maim — maim·er; maim; …

    English syllables

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 maim — [v] cripple, put out of action batter, blemish, break, castrate, crush, damage, deface, disable, disfigure, dismember, disqualify, gimp*, hack, hamstring*, harm, hog tie*, hurt, impair, incapacitate, injure, lame, mangle, mar, massacre, maul,… …

    New thesaurus

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 maim — [13] Maim and mayhem [15] are ultimately the same word. Both go back to a Vulgar Latin verb *mahagnāre ‘wound’, whose origins are unknown. This passed into Old French as mahaignier (whose probable Anglo Norman derivative *mahangler was the source …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 14 maim — [13] Maim and mayhem [15] are ultimately the same word. Both go back to a Vulgar Latin verb *mahagnāre ‘wound’, whose origins are unknown. This passed into Old French as mahaignier (whose probable Anglo Norman derivative *mahangler was the source …

    Word origins

  • 15 maim — 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:… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 maim — maimedness, n. maimer, n. /maym/, v.t. 1. to deprive of the use of some part of the body by wounding or the like; cripple: The explosion maimed him for life. 2. to impair; make essentially defective: The essay was maimed by deletion of important… …

    Universalium

  • 17 maim — UK [meɪm] / US verb [transitive] Word forms maim : present tense I/you/we/they maim he/she/it maims present participle maiming past tense maimed past participle maimed to injure someone seriously, especially permanently The boy had been maimed in …

    English dictionary

  • 18 maim — To disable or cripple by an injury. * * * maim mām vt 1) to commit the felony of mayhem upon 2) to wound seriously: MUTILATE, DISABLE * * * (mām) 1. to disable by a wound; to dismember by violence. 2. a dismemberment or disablement effected… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 19 maim — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. cripple, disfigure, mutilate, lame, impair. See deterioration. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. mutilate, mangle, cripple, incapacitate, disable, disfigure, injure, hack, truncate, impair, disqualify,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 maim — [[t]me͟ɪm[/t]] maims, maiming, maimed VERB To maim someone means to injure them so badly that part of their body is permanently damaged. [V n] Mines have been scattered in rice paddies and jungles, maiming and killing civilians... [V n] One man… …

    English dictionary


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