- Offensive.a term used to refer to a person who is partially or totally unable to use one or more limbs.
- an animal that is similarly disabled; a lame animal.
- Offensive.a person who is disabled or impaired in any way: a mental cripple.
- anything that is impaired or flawed.
- a wounded animal, especially one shot by a hunter.
- Carpentry. any structural member shorter than usual, as a stud beneath a windowsill.
- Delaware Valley. a swampy, densely overgrown tract of land.
- to make a cripple of; lame.
- to disable; impair; weaken.
- Carpentry. jack1(def 29).
Origin of cripple
cripple and crippled are not deemed offensive when referring to an inanimate object or an animal. And cripple can be used freely as a verb, especially metaphorically, as in Failing to upgrade the computer system will cripple our business. See also retarded.
Examples from the Web for crippled
He received a series of shots that left him so crippled that he walked bent over “like an old man.”Will US Health Care Follow in China’s Bloody Footsteps?
September 21, 2014
He posed with blind children in Greece and crippled children in Italy and orphans in England.Frank Sinatra and the Birth of the Jet Set
August 2, 2014
They were poorly organized and crippled by corrupt and ineffective leadership.The Paper Tiger of the Tigris: How ISIS Took Tikrit Without a Fight
June 29, 2014
He is not lingering in illness, or crippled, or handicapped.The Death of a Rodeo Cowboy
May 11, 2014
The novel is the heartbreaking story of a doomed romance between a young cavalry lieutenant and a crippled girl.Wes Anderson’s Austrian Muse: Stefan Zweig
February 26, 2014
Without it he is helpless, lost at sea, wing broken, crippled in business.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
She felt a cramp around her root That crippled every outmost shoot.
Behind me came a long line of trucks packed with sick or crippled men.The Harbor
I have come back as poor in purse as I went, and crippled for life besides.Barnaby Rudge
He was crippled, and leaned full weight with both hands on his stick.Things as They Are
- offensive a person who is lame
- offensive a person who is or seems disabled or deficient in some waya mental cripple
- US dialect a dense thicket, usually in marshy land
- (tr) to make a cripple of; disable
Word Origin and History for crippled
Old English crypel, related to cryppan "to crook, bend," from Proto-Germanic *krupilaz (cf. Old Frisian kreppel, Middle Dutch cropel, German krüppel, Old Norse kryppill). Possibly also related to Old English creopan "to creep" (creopere, literally "creeper," was another Old English word for "crippled person").
mid-13c., "to move slowly," from cripple (n.). Meaning "make a cripple of, lame" is from early 14c. Related: Crippled; crippling.
- One that is partially disabled or unable to use a limb or limbs.
- To cause to lose the use of a limb or limbs.