Definition of maim in English:

maim

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Wound or injure (a person or animal) so that part of the body is permanently damaged:

    ‘100,000 soldiers were killed or maimed’
    • ‘This will require a wider view in the population at large of the gravity of the offence of threatening, killing and maiming by motorized vehicles.’
    • ‘The last thing I needed was to be maimed by a wild animal two hours before my birthday.’
    • ‘He then claims he will permanently maim the younger man - one fears the worst - but, in fact, does no such thing.’
    • ‘Three harbor seals have been trapped and maimed in recent months and left to wash ashore on New York beaches, prompting a Federal investigation.’
    • ‘At least 14 have been killed so far and scores more have been maimed and psychologically damaged.’
    • ‘There is a horrendous toll of workers being maimed, injured for life and killed in the building industry.’
    • ‘He said it made sense to swap the deer for the geese, since the male deer at the zoo would fight among themselves and kill or maim each other.’
    • ‘The day the flag pole on the Gardiner Stand snapped, happily without killing or maiming anyone.’
    • ‘He was travelling to work by train when a huge bomb ripped through his carriage, killing and maiming other passengers.’
    • ‘And I don't think any player goes on the field to deliberately hurt or maim someone.’
    • ‘We know that a percentage of those with good intentions will take the risk and ignore the advice, even though they know they are breaking the law and may well kill or maim someone.’
    • ‘Furthermore, motorists are responsible for killing, injuring and maiming large numbers of other road users - often those not in cars.’
    • ‘It has not been our risky business that kills or permanently maims our airman, but inadequate risk management and the fundamental breakdown in discipline, conduct, and behavior.’
    • ‘There are many more people who helped me, but they'll probably maim me for life if I were to mention their names.’
    • ‘Five kids in a week in this country are maimed or killed because of gun accidents in the home.’
    • ‘When one of our children, nieces or nephews or close friend is killed or maimed by a drunk driver it will be too late.’
    • ‘They can then take the appropriate action before a child is maimed or seriously injured.’
    • ‘Although over 25,000 are killed or maimed each year, we have begun to remove mines worldwide.’
    • ‘Not only does the noise go on for hours but these infernal machines kill or maim thousands of hedgehogs, frogs and fledglings every spring and summer.’
    • ‘They deliberately went out to kill and maim innocent people.’
    injure, wound, hurt, disable, put out of action, incapacitate, impair, mar, mutilate, lacerate, disfigure, deform, mangle
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French mahaignier, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

maim

/meɪm/