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Dictionary Definition

lam n : a rapid escape (as by criminals); "the thieves made a clean getaway"; "after the expose he had to take it on the lam" [syn: getaway]

Verb

1 flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man, run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up" [syn: run, scarper, turn tail, run away, hightail it, bunk, head for the hills, take to the woods, escape, fly the coop, break away]
2 give a thrashing to; beat hard [syn: thrash, thresh, flail] [also: lamming, lammed]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /læm/
  • Rhymes with: -æm

Noun

  1. Used in the expression on the lam to mean that a person is fleeing law enforcement, possibly in hiding.
  2. The twenty-third letter of the Arabic alphabet, . It is preceded by and followed by .

Danish

Adjective

  1. lame

Noun

  1. lamb

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. young of a goat or sheep

Adjective

(lamme)

Old English

Etymology

West *laima

Noun

  1. loam

Old High German

Etymology

Common , whence also Old English lama, Old Norse lami

Adjective

  1. lame

Swedish

Adjective

lam
  1. A person who is, by medical reasons, unable to move any limbs; lame
  2. Inefficient, imperfect, almost ridiculously so.
    Example:
    • Det var ett lamt försök. Gör ditt bästa istället! That was a lame attempt. Do your best instead!
vo-noun lam

Etymology

Arm and arm

Noun

  1. arm
  2. blade
  3. sharp blade

Extensive Definition

Lam and its various forms has several meanings.

lām

  • Lām, a letter of the Arabic alphabet

Lam

Lam saravane music genre
Lam luang music genre

LAM

Lam.

May be an abbreviation for:

Surname

India

Lam is a surname in Southern India.

Vietnamese

Lâm is a common Vietnamese surname.
Andrew Lam, writer
Lam Quang Thi, member of the South Vietnamese military
Charles Tran Van Lam, politician
Tony Lam, Vietnamese American politician
Lam Nguyen, a student at Cal State University of Fullerton

Cantonese

Lam is a common Cantonese (Hong Kong) surname. It is a variant of Mandarin Chinese Lin.
James Lam, author and consultant
Wilfredo Lam, artist
Ringo Lam, film director
Chet Lam, singer/songwriter
Carol Lam, ex. US Attorney
George Lam (林子祥), singer
Richard Lam, lyricist
Tony Lam, politician
Lam Kor-wan, serial killer
Anthony Lam, fire fighter
Adrian Lam, coach
Eman Lam, musician
Sarah Lam, actress
Pat Lam, rugby player
Lam Bun, radio commentator
David Lam, Lieutenant Governor
Sandy Lam, singer
Derek Lam, fashion designer
Stephen Lam, government official
Raymond Lam, actor
Karena Lam (林嘉欣), actress
Dale Lam, choreographer
Chua Lam, newspaper columnist
Yin-ling Lam, news broadcaster
Bun-Ching Lam, concert pianist and composer
Roden Won Log Lam, Hulk, conservationist, groupie
Lam is also an uncommon (South East Asia) surname. It is a variant of Mandarin Chinese Lan literary means "blue".

Other nationalities

Fictional people

See also

References

lam in German: LAM
lam in Esperanto: LAM
lam in French: LAM
lam in Italian: LAM
lam in Dutch: Lam
lam in Japanese: LAM
lam in Portuguese: Lam
lam in Kölsch: LAM (Watt ėßß datt?)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

absquatulate, batter, beat, beat it, blow, breakout, decamp, dog it, drub, duck and run, duck out, flight, getaway, hammer, make off, paste, pelt, pound, powder, pummel, scape, scram, skedaddle, skin out, skip, skip out, slip, split, take a powder, take off, thrash, vamoose, wallop
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