Definition of


  1. (verb, body) injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation

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Alternate forms of Maim

Derivations: maimer

Hyponyms: cripple, lame, mar, mutilate

Hypernyms: injure, wound

Origin of the word Maim

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. mahaignier, possibly from V.L. *mahanare (cf. Prov. mayanhar, It. magagnare), of unknown origin. Possibly from P.Gmc. *mait- (cf. O.N. mei?a "to hurt," related to mad), or from PIE *mai- "to cut." Related: Maimed; maiming. more

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