lam

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /læm/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æm

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

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.
    • 1947, Bill Finger, World's Finest Comics #30, "The Penny Plunderers!", p. 4:
      [Gangster running away:] Batman and Robin! Let's lam!
    • 1957, Jack Kerouac, chapter 1, in On the Road, Viking Press, OCLC 43419454, part 1:
      [] and she was so mad and so down deep vindictive that she reported to the police some false trumped-up hysterical crazy charge, and Dean had to lam from Hoboken.

Translations[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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).

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch lam.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

lam (plural lammers)

  1. lamb

Danish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse lami.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

lam

  1. lame
Inflection[edit]
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.

Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse lamb.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

lam n (singular definite lammet, plural indefinite lam)

  1. lamb
Inflection[edit]
Derived terms[edit]

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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 terms[edit]
Descendants[edit]
  • Negerhollands: lam, lamtje
  • Papiamentu: lamchi, lammetsje

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

lam (comparative lammer, superlative lamst)

  1. lame, unable to move, paralyzed
  2. (informal) very drunk
Inflection[edit]
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 terms[edit]
Descendants[edit]
  • Negerhollands: lam
  • Papiamentu: lam

Anagrams[edit]


Hausa[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic لَام(lām).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

lam f

  1. lam (letter of the Arabic alphabet)

Limilngan[edit]

Noun[edit]

lam

  1. frilled-neck lizard

References[edit]

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

Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

lam n

  1. lamb
Inflection[edit]

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Alternative forms[edit]
Descendants[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

lam

  1. lame
  2. weak, strengthless
Inflection[edit]

This adjective needs an inflection-table template.

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Descendants[edit]

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse lami

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. paralysed / paralyzed, crippled
Related terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse lamb

Noun[edit]

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

  1. a lamb (young sheep)
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

Verb[edit]

lam

  1. imperative of lamme

References[edit]


Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse lami

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. paralysed; crippled

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse lamb.

Noun[edit]

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

  1. a lamb (young sheep)
  2. (by extension, Christianity, figuratively) Christ as sacrificial lamb
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb[edit]

lam

  1. imperative of lamma and lamme (to lamb)
  2. imperative of lamma and lamme (to paralyze)

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *laimą.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

lām n

  1. clay, loam

Descendants[edit]


Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

lam

  1. lame

Descendants[edit]


Polish[edit]

Noun[edit]

lam

  1. genitive plural of lama

Romanian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

lam

  1. first-person singular imperfect indicative of la
  2. first-person plural imperfect indicative of la

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Swedish lamber, from Old Norse lami, from Proto-Germanic *lamaz.

Adjective[edit]

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!

Declension[edit]

Inflection of lam
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular lam lamare lamast
Neuter singular lamt lamare lamast
Plural lama lamare lamast
Masculine plural3 lame 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.
3) Dated or archaic

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Anagrams[edit]


Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English lamp.

Noun[edit]

lam

  1. lamp

Vietnamese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese word from .

Adjective[edit]

lam

  1. blue
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Derived terms[edit]

See also[edit]

Colors in Vietnamese · màu sắc (layout · text)
     trắng      xám      đen
             đỏ; thắm, thẫm              cam; nâu              vàng; kem
             vàng chanh              xanh, xanh lá cây, xanh lục, lục              xanh bạc hà; xanh lục đậm
             xanh lơ, hồ thủy; xanh mòng két              xanh, xanh da trời, thiên thanh              xanh, xanh dương, xanh nước biển, xanh lam, lam
             tím; chàm              tía              hồng

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

lam (𥜓)

  1. (architecture) louvers, blinds, shutters
    Synonym: cửa chớp

Volapük[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Arm and English arm.

Noun[edit]

lam (nominative plural lams)

  1. arm
  2. blade
  3. sharp blade

Declension[edit]


Welsh[edit]

Noun[edit]

lam

  1. Soft mutation of llam.

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
llam lam unchanged unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Yámana[edit]

Noun[edit]

lam

  1. sun