- The definition of a crutch is a device that provides help or support, particularly for a broken or sprained limb.
An example of a crutch is a wooden device that goes under the armpit to help a person walk with a broken leg.
- Crutch is defined as to prop up or support.
An example of crutch is to hold up a horizontal beam with a vertical piece of wood.
- any of various devices used, often in pairs, by lame people as an aid in walking; typically, a staff with a hand grip and a padded crosspiece on top that fits under the armpit
- anything one leans or relies on for support, help, etc.; prop
- any device that resembles a crutch
- Archaic the crotch of the human body
- Naut. a forked support for a spar when the sail is furled
Origin of crutchMiddle English crucche from Old English crycce, staff, akin to German krücke from Indo-European base an unverified form ger-: see cradle
- A support used by an injured or disabled person, often in pairs, as an aid to walking, having a vertical shaft that is sometimes forked, a horizontal grip for the hand, and a crosspiece that is positioned under the armpit or a cuff that wraps around the forearm.
- Something on which one depends, often excessively: a mnemonic crutch.
- A forked support or part.
- A forked leg rest on a sidesaddle.
- Archaic The crotch of a person or animal.
verbcrutched, crutch·ing, crutch·es
Origin of crutchMiddle English crucche from Old English crycc
top: axillary crutches
bottom: forearm crutches
- A device to assist in motion as a cane, especially one that provides support under the arm to reduce weight on a leg.
- He walked on crutches for a month until the cast was removed from his leg.
- Something that supports, often used negatively to indicate that it is not needed and causes an unhealthful dependency; a prop
- Alcohol became a crutch to help him through the long nights; eventually it killed him.
- A crotch; the area of body where the legs fork from the trunk.
- A form of pommel for a woman's saddle, consisting of a forked rest to hold the leg of the rider.
- (nautical) A knee, or piece of knee timber.
- (nautical) A forked stanchion or post; a crotch.
(third-person singular simple present crutches, present participle crutching, simple past and past participle crutched)
- To support on crutches; to prop up.
- To shear the hindquarters of a sheep; to dag.
From Middle English crucche, from Old English cryċċ (“crutch, staff”), from Proto-Germanic *krukjō (“crutch, staff”), from Proto-Indo-European *grewg- (“wrinkle, bend”), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to turn, bend”). Cognate with Scots curche, crutch (“crutch, stilts”), Dutch kruk (“crutch”), Low German krukke, Krück (“crutch”), German Krücke (“crutch”), Swedish krycka (“crutch”). Latin crucia, crucca, croccia, crocia (“crutch”), and its descendants are ultimately from the Germanic.