noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.

a term used to refer to a person who is partially or totally unable to use one or more limbs.

Nearby words

  1. crinum,
  2. criolla,
  3. criollo,
  4. crios,
  5. criosphinx,
  6. cripes,
  7. crippen,
  8. cripple,
  9. cripple creek,
  10. crippling

Origin of crip

1915–20, Americanism; shortened form of cripple Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for crip



member of a major U.S. street gang, founded in South Central Los Angeles 1971, the name supposedly originally was cribs, partly a reference to the youth of most of the original members, and when they began carrying "pimp canes" it was altered to Crip, which has been attested in U.S. slang as a shortening of cripple (n.) since 1918.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper