You might describe a limping dog that's lost the use of one of its legs as lame, which means "disabled in a leg or foot."

It's less common than describing injured animals as lame, but sometimes you'll hear the word lame used to describe a limping person too. This usage is generally considered to be outdated or inappropriate. Lame is probably most often used to mean generally weak or pathetic — but many people consider this usage to be offensive as well.

Definitions of lame
  1. adjective
    disabled in the feet or legs
    synonyms: crippled, game, gimpy, halt, halting
    not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition
  2. verb
    deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg
    synonyms: cripple
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    cripple by cutting the hamstring
    type of:
    injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation
  3. adjective
    pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness
    “a lame argument”
    synonyms: feeble
    wanting in physical strength
  4. noun
    someone who doesn't understand what is going on
    synonyms: square
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    type of:
    simple, simpleton
    a person lacking intelligence or common sense
  5. noun
    a fabric interwoven with threads of metal
    “she wore a gold lame dress”
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    type of:
    cloth, fabric, material, textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
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