- 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.
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 crippling
Contemporary Examples of crippling
In return, Cuban rhetoric wholeheartedly blamed the United States for crippling their economy.Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist
December 19, 2014
Moreover, the crippling restrictions resulted in the North partially shutting down weapons programs for lack of funds.U.S. Should Make North Korea Pay for Sony Hack
Gordon G. Chang
December 18, 2014
Depressing is really what Cuba has become—repression, bureaucracy, and crippling poverty.The Five Best Books on Cuba
William O’Connor, Malcolm Jones
December 17, 2014
And then there was the crippling nerves that it would not be good, especially given the recent spate of really bad TV biopics.Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline
December 16, 2014
The reason for his crippling indecision is simple as it is maddening, especially if you happen to be married to him.Adventure Photographer Jimmy Chin: Defying the Rational, Physically and Creatively
October 6, 2014
Historical Examples of crippling
He tossed Vulcan over a nearby cliff, crippling him for good.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
And so to her, Richard, your crippling has come to be dearer than any other man's wholeness.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
Who is like unto him in stalking the timid doe and in crippling the fleeing boar?Second Book of Tales
Long before she died I had almost hated her for crippling my ambition.Tongues of Conscience
Robert Smythe Hichens
Crippling its strength would not avail, for that had been already tried.
Word Origin for cripple
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.