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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /læm/
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  • Rhymes: -æm

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English lamen, lemen, from Old English lemian and Old Norse lemja; both from Proto-Germanic *lamjaną.

Alternative formsEdit

VerbEdit

lam (third-person singular simple present lams, present participle lamming, simple past and past participle lammed)

  1. (transitive) To beat or thrash.
    • 1930, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, Mule Bone, Act II, Scene 2, in The Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Volume 5: The Plays to 1942: Mulatto to The Sun Do Move, edited by Leslie Catherine Sanders, Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2002, p. 102,
      An' fo' I knowed it, he done picked up that bone an' lammed me ovah de head wid it.
    • 1953, C. S. Lewis, The Silver Chair, Collins, 1998, Chapter ,
      They lammed each other on the head with great, clumsy stone hammers; but their skulls were so hard that the hammers bounced off again []
  2. (intransitive, dated, slang) To flee or run away.

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Arabic لَام(lām), the name of the letter ل(l).

NounEdit

lam (plural lams)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Arabic alphabet, ل(l). It is preceded by ك(k) and followed by م(m).

AnagramsEdit


AfrikaansEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch lam.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

lam (plural lammers)

  1. lamb

DanishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse lami.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

lam

  1. lame
InflectionEdit
Inflection of lam
Positive Comparative Superlative
Common singular lam 2
Neuter singular lamt 2
Plural lamme 2
Definite attributive1 lamme
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse lamb.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

lam n (singular definite lammet, plural indefinite lam)

  1. lamb
InflectionEdit

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch lam, from Old Dutch *lamb, from Proto-Germanic *lambaz.

NounEdit

lam n (plural lammeren, diminutive lammetje n)

  1. lamb, the young of a sheep
  2. (metonymically) The meat - or fleece/wool produce of a lamb; a dish prepared from lamb's meat
  3. (figuratively) A gentle person, especially an innocent child
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Dutch *lam, from Proto-Germanic *lamaz.

AdjectiveEdit

lam (comparative lammer, superlative lamst)

  1. lame, unable to move, paralyzed
  2. (informal) very drunk
InflectionEdit
Inflection of lam
uninflected lam
inflected lamme
comparative lammer
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial lam lammer het lamst
het lamste
indefinite m./f. sing. lamme lammere lamste
n. sing. lam lammer lamste
plural lamme lammere lamste
definite lamme lammere lamste
partitive lams lammers
Derived termsEdit

AnagramsEdit


HausaEdit

NounEdit

lam f

  1. Letter of the Arabic alphabet: ل

LimilnganEdit

NounEdit

lam

  1. frilled-neck lizard

ReferencesEdit

  • Mark Harvey, A Grammar of Limilngan: A Language of the Mary River Region, Northern Territory, Australia (2001)

Middle DutchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Dutch *lamb, from Proto-Germanic *lambaz.

NounEdit

lam n

  1. lamb
InflectionEdit

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Alternative formsEdit
DescendantsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Dutch *lam, from Proto-Germanic *lamaz.

AdjectiveEdit

lam

  1. lame
  2. weak, strengthless
InflectionEdit

This adjective needs an inflection-table template.

Alternative formsEdit
DescendantsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • lam”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • lamb”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • lam (I)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929
  • lam (II)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

Norwegian BokmålEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse lami

AdjectiveEdit

lam (neuter singular lamt, definite singular and plural lamme)

  1. paralysed / paralyzed, crippled
Related termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse lamb

NounEdit

lam n (definite singular lammet, indefinite plural lam, definite plural lamma or lammene)

  1. a lamb (young sheep)
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

VerbEdit

lam

  1. imperative of lamme

ReferencesEdit


Norwegian NynorskEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse lami

AdjectiveEdit

lam (neuter singular lamt, definite singular and plural lamme)

  1. paralysed; crippled

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse lamb

NounEdit

lam n (definite singular lammet, indefinite plural lam, definite plural lamma)

  1. a lamb (young sheep)
Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit


Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *laimą.

NounEdit

lām n

  1. clay, loam

DescendantsEdit


Old High GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Common Proto-Germanic *lamaz, whence also Old English lama, Old Norse lami

AdjectiveEdit

lam

  1. lame

DescendantsEdit

  • Middle High German: lam

PolishEdit

NounEdit

lam

  1. genitive plural of lama

SwedishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

lam (comparative lamare, superlative lamast)

  1. lame, unable to move any limbs
  2. (slang) lame, inefficient, imperfect, almost ridiculously so
    Det var ett lamt försök. Gör ditt bästa istället!
    That was a lame attempt. Do your best instead!

DeclensionEdit

Inflection of lam
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular lam lamare lamast
Neuter singular lamt lamare lamast
Plural lama lamare lamast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 lame lamare lamaste
All lama lamare lamaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.

See alsoEdit


Tok PisinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English lamp.

NounEdit

lam

  1. lamp

VietnameseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Sino-Vietnamese word from .

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

lam

  1. blue

Usage notesEdit


VolapükEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from German Arm and English arm.

NounEdit

lam (plural lams)

  1. arm
  2. blade
  3. sharp blade

DeclensionEdit


WelshEdit

NounEdit

lam

  1. Soft mutation of llam.