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Laye vs Lame - What's the difference?

laye | lame |

As verbs the difference between laye and lame

is that laye is obsolete spelling of lang=en while lame is to cause a person or animal to become lame.

As an adjective lame is

unable to walk properly because of a problem with one's feet or legs.

As a noun lame is

a lamina.




  • * {{quote-book, year=c. 1380, author=Geoffrey Chaucer, title=Troilus and Criseyde, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=The sterne wind so loude gan to route That no wight other noyse mighte here; And they that layen at the dore with-oute, 745 Ful sykerly they slepten alle y-fere; And Pandarus, with a ful sobre chere, Goth to the dore anon with-outen lette, Ther-as they laye , and softely it shette. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1597, author=King James I, title=Daemonologie., chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Ye must first remember to laye the ground, that I tould you before: which is, that it is no power inherent in the circles, or in the holines of the names of God blasphemouslie vsed: nor in whatsoeuer rites or ceremonies at that time vsed, that either can raise any infernall spirit, or yet limitat him perforce within or without these circles. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1775, author=Various, title=Continental Monthly, Vol. I, No. V, May, 1862, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=He was a wight of grisly fronte, And muckle berd ther was upon 't, His lockes farre down did laye : Ful wel he setten on his hors, Thatte fony felaws called Mors, For len it was and grai. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1806, author=Walter Scott, title=Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3), chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Aftir that, my seid lord retournyng to the campe, wold in nowise bee lodged in the same, but where he laye the furst nyght. }}





    (wikipedia lame)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .


  • Unable to walk properly because of a problem with one's feet or legs.
  • Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury, defect or temporary obstruction of a function.
  • a lame leg, arm or muscle
  • (by extension) Hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect.
  • * Barrow
  • a lame endeavour
  • * Shakespeare
  • O, most lame and impotent conclusion!
  • (slang) Unconvincing or unbelievable.
  • He had a really lame excuse for missing the birthday party.
  • (slang) Failing to be cool, funny, interesting or relevant.
  • He kept telling these extremely lame jokes all night.
  • (slang) Strangely corny or sweet to an extent.
  • I told him not to bring me flowers, so he brought a bunch of carrots instead. It was lame but it made me smile.
    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.
    * (sense, unable to walk properly because of a problem with one's feet or legs) crippled * (moving with difficulty) * (sense) hobbling, limping, inefficient, imperfect * (sense) unconvincing, unbelievable * uncool, unfunny, uninteresting, irrelevant
    * (sense, unable to walk properly because of a problem with one's feet or legs) * (moving with difficulty) * (sense) efficient, perfect * (sense) convincing, believable * cool, funny, interesting, relevant
    Derived terms
    * lame duck * lamage * lamebrain * lamely * lameness * lamestream * lame-o


  • to cause a person or animal to become lame
  • * 1877', Anna Sewell, ''Black Beauty'': And if you don't want to ' lame your horse you must look sharp and get them [stones stuck in hooves] out quickly.
  • * 1913 ,
  • Now her soul felt lamed in itself. It was her hope that was struck.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) lame, from (etyl) lamina.


    (en noun)
  • A lamina.
  • (in the plural) A set of joined, overlapping metal plates.
  • Etymology 3


  • (obsolete) To shine.
  • (Piers Plowman)
    (Webster 1913)



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