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From Middle English maymen, mahaymen, from Anglo-Norman maheimer, mahaigner, of Germanic origin; see mayhem.


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maim (third-person singular simple present maims, present participle maiming, simple past and past participle maimed)

  1. To wound seriously; to cause permanent loss of function of a limb or part of the body.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter I, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384:
      Three chairs of the steamer type, all maimed, comprised the furniture of this roof-garden, with (by way of local colour) on one of the copings a row of four red clay flower-pots filled with sun-baked dust from which gnarled and rusty stalks thrust themselves up like withered elfin limbs.
    He was maimed by a bear.


Derived terms[edit]



maim (plural maims)

  1. (obsolete) A serious wound


Tocharian B[edit]


From Proto-Tocharian *meim, a nominal derivative of *mei- (to measure). Possibly linked to Proto-Indo-European *mod-ye/o- or *mēdye/o-, derivatives of *med- (to measure, give advice, heal) (whence Latin meditor and Old Irish midithir), or alternatively to *meh₁-ye/o- from *meh₁- (to measure) (whence Latin mētior). Compare Tocharian A mem.


maim ?

  1. thought, thinking
    enenkaś paspārtau cwi maim palskw attsaik
    completely turned inward [is] his thought and spirit