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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lamelyadverb

    in a weak and unconvincing manner

    "`I don't know, Edward,' she answered lamely"


  1. lamelyadverb

    In the manner of one who is lame.

  2. lamelyadverb

    In a foolish or ineffective way.

    He lamely tried to lie his way out of it, but he wasn't really trying and no one believed him.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lamelyadjective

    Etymology: from lame.

    Those muscles become callous, and, having yielded to the extension, the patient makes shift to go upon it, though lamely. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    Look not ev’ry lineament to see,
    Some will be cast in shades, and some will be
    So lamely drawn, you scarcely know ’tis she. Dryden.


  1. lamely

    Lamely is an adverb that refers to doing something in a manner that is unsatisfactory, weak, inadequately, or incompetently. It can also refer to showing lack or absence of physical or mental strength. In essence, if something is done lamely, it is done without conviction, effectiveness, or impressiveness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lamelyadverb

    an a lame, crippled, disabled, or imperfect manner; as, to walk lamely; a figure lamely drawn

  2. Etymology: [See Lame.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lamely in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lamely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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