Cripple definition

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(often offensive) A person who is partially disabled or unable to use one or more limbs.
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A nonhuman animal that is partially disabled or unable to use one or more limbs.

Cannot race a horse that is a cripple.

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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.

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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.

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A damaged or defective object or device.
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(often offensive) A person who is partially disabled or unable to use one or more limbs.
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An animal that is partially disabled or unable to use one or more limbs.

Cannot race a horse that is a cripple.

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(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.

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A shortened wooden stud or brace used to construct the portion of a wall above a door or above and below a window.
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(dialect, Southern US except Louisiana) Scrapple.
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To make someone a cripple; to cause someone to get a physical disability.

The car bomb crippled five passers-by.

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(figuratively) To damage seriously; to destroy.

My ambitions were crippled by a lack of money.

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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.

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A person or animal that is lame or otherwise disabled in a way that prevents normal motion of the limbs or body.
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(dial.) Thicketed, swampy or low, wet land.
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To make cripple of; lame.
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To make unable or unfit to act, function effectively, etc.; disable.
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To cause to lose the use of a limb or limbs.
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To cause to lose the use of a limb or limbs.
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To disable, damage, or impair the functioning of.

A strike that crippled the factory.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cripple
Plural:
cripples

Origin of cripple

  • Middle English crepel from Old English crypel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary