- 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.
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Origin of cripple
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM cripplecrippler, nouncrip·pling·ly, adverbun·crip·pled, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for cripple
The San Francisco 49ers, crippled by injuries and left further shorthanded by issues related to the coronavirus, bore little resemblance Thursday night to the team that won the NFC and reached the Super Bowl last season.Ravaged by injuries and coronavirus issues, the 49ers had little chance against the Packers|Mark Maske|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
At the Thursday meeting, some school board members lamented the relative paucity of data on the actions of Alexandria SROs, which they said crippled their ability to make an informed decision on the program’s effectiveness.Alexandria City Public Schools approves revisions to contract with police|Hannah Natanson|October 30, 2020|Washington Post
He will also have to get the country back on a competitive footing with China, a rapidly rising tech superpower that now has the added advantage of not being crippled by covid-19.America’s technological leadership is at stake in this election|Gideon Lichfield|October 29, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Guerrero told VOSD she believes a lawsuit by the coalition would be crippled by Measure C backers’ failure to take legal action before the March election or in the 60 days after the city clerk certified the election.Measure C Backers Likely Headed to Court to Argue it Actually Passed|Lisa Halverstadt|October 26, 2020|Voice of San Diego
You may remember 2017’s destructive NotPetya cyberattack, the repeated shutdowns of portions of the Ukrainian power grid, or the web server-crippling assault on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.Russia’s ‘Sandworm’ hackers will slither into the sunset|rhhackettfortune|October 20, 2020|Fortune
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
She revealed the demeaning discrimination that nearly crippled the souls of black folks in Mississippi.Remembering Civil Rights Heroine Fannie Lou Hamer: 'I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired'|Lottie L. Joiner|September 2, 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
He is not lingering in illness, or crippled, or handicapped.
To-morrow—a crippled veteran, and after that a pensioner drifting fast into a garrulous dotage.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
If this crippled ship had been full of troops instead of hay they would equally have let her slip through their fingers.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
In a word, the monster was crippled in its infancy, and has never as yet recovered from the stroke.
Clip braced his crippled machine up alongside the Comet and dropped down beside his chum.
Nonplussed, Matt came to a halt and waited for Clip to come up with him, wheeling his crippled one-cylinder.