- 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 crippler
There were many such on board the dear old Crippler, I assure you.Bleak House
- 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 crippler
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.