- 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.
verb (used with object), crip·pled, crip·pling.
Words nearby cripple
Origin of cripple
OTHER WORDS FROM cripplecrip·pler, nouncrip·pling·ly, adverbun·crip·pled, adjective
usage note for 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?|Daniela Drake|September 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He posed with blind children in Greece and crippled children in Italy and orphans in England.
They were poorly organized and crippled by corrupt and ineffective leadership.The Paper Tiger of the Tigris: How ISIS Took Tikrit Without a Fight|Andrew Slater|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The novel is the heartbreaking story of a doomed romance between a young cavalry lieutenant and a crippled girl.
Faced with mounting protests, Yingluck convened a crippled election on February 2.The Real Crisis in Thailand is the Coming Royal Succession|Somchai Samizdat|February 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One day an accident befell Herbert, and the dear child rose from his bed of sickness a pale and crippled boy.The Pearl Box|A Pastor
Then you have extras, so if some do not come up your garden is not crippled.The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming.|Ellen Eddy Shaw
Such a loss would seriously have crippled the administration of the islands.The Philippines Past and Present (Volume 2 of 2)|Dean Conant Worcester
Mrs. Waye is crippled with rheumatism and can't nurse her, and I fear it will be impossible to get a nurse in Blythefield.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908|Lucy Maud Montgomery
Her name was Laura Secord, and she was the wife of a militiaman who had been crippled in the war.Down the River to the Sea|Agnes Maule Machar