An example of a crutch is a wooden device that goes under the armpit to help a person walk with a broken leg.
An example of crutch is to hold up a horizontal beam with a vertical piece of wood.
A mnemonic crutch.
He walked on crutches for a month until the cast was removed from his leg.
Origin of crutch
- Middle English crucche from Old English crycc
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.