- The definition of a cripple is a derogatory term for a person or animal that is unable to use the limbs in the usual way.
An example of a cripple is a deer who can't walk.
- Cripple is defined as to disable or make unable to function properly.
An example of cripple is to lose the use of your legs in a car accident.An example of cripple is when a group of airline pilots refuse to fly which, in turn, keeps an airline from flying on time.
- a person or animal that is lame or otherwise disabled in a way that prevents normal motion of the limbs or body: now somewhat offensive when used to refer to a person
- Dial. thicketed, swampy or low, wet land
Origin of crippleMiddle English cripel from Old English crypel (akin to German krüppel) from base of creopan: see creep
transitive verb-·pled, -·pling
- to make cripple of; lame
- to make unable or unfit to act, function effectively, etc.; disable
- a. Often Offensive A person who is partially disabled or unable to use one or more limbs:b. An animal that is partially disabled or unable to use one or more limbs: cannot race a horse that is a cripple.
- A damaged or defective object or device: “He … would let that cripple of a steamboat get the upper hand of him in a minute” ( Joseph Conrad )
transitive verbcrip·pled, crip·pling, crip·ples
- To cause to lose the use of a limb or limbs.
- To disable, damage, or impair the functioning of: a strike that crippled the factory.
Origin of crippleMiddle English crepel from Old English crypel
(comparative more cripple, superlative most cripple)
- (sometimes offensive) a person who has severe impairment in his physical abilities because of deformation, injury, or amputation of parts of the body.
- He returned from war a cripple.
- A shortened wooden stud or brace used to construct the portion of a wall above a door or above and below a window.
- (dialect, Southern US except Louisiana) scrapple.
(third-person singular simple present cripples, present participle crippling, simple past and past participle crippled)
- to make someone a cripple; to cause someone to get a physical disability
- The car bomb crippled five passers-by.
- (figuratively) to damage seriously; to destroy
- My ambitions were crippled by a lack of money.
- to release a product (especially a computer program) with reduced functionality, in some cases, making the item essentially worthless.
- The word processor was released in a crippled demonstration version that did not allow you to save.
From Middle English cripel, crepel, crüpel, from Old English crypel (“crippled; a cripple”), from Proto-Germanic *krupilaz (“tending to crawl; a cripple”), from Proto-Indo-European *grewb- (“to bend, crouch, crawl”), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to bend, twist”), equivalent to creep + -le. Cognate with Dutch kreupel, German Krüppel, Old Norse kryppill.