Crutch meaning

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A forked leg rest on a sidesaddle.
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(archaic) The crotch of a person or animal.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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Something on which one depends, often excessively.

A mnemonic crutch.

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A forked support or part.
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To move using a crutch or crutches.
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To support on a crutch or crutches.
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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.
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Anything one leans or relies on for support, help, etc.; prop.
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Any device that resembles a crutch.
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(archaic) The crotch of the human body.
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(naut.) A forked support for a spar when the sail is furled.
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To support with or as with a crutch or crutches; prop up.
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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.
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To support on a crutch or crutches.
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To move using a crutch or crutches.
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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.

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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.

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A crotch; the area of body where the legs fork from the trunk.
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A form of pommel for a woman's saddle, consisting of a forked rest to hold the leg of the rider.
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(nautical) A knee, or piece of knee timber.
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(nautical) A forked stanchion or post; a crotch.
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To support on crutches; to prop up.
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To shear the hindquarters of a sheep; to dag.
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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.

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