- 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
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 crippling
In return, Cuban rhetoric wholeheartedly blamed the United States for crippling their economy.
Moreover, the crippling restrictions resulted in the North partially shutting down weapons programs for lack of funds.
Depressing is really what Cuba has become—repression, bureaucracy, and crippling poverty.
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|Kevin Fallon|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Oliver Jones|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Violent crime and the fear it provokes are crippling our society, limiting personal freedom, and fraying the ties that bind us.
It was easy now to arrange wet leaves about Ab's crippling, but little more than temporary, wound.The Story of Ab|Stanley Waterloo
And she saw her chance to deal a crippling blow at England's prestige and commerce.Pioneers of the Old Southwest|Constance Lindsay Skinner
A burning pain shot through .007's right rear driver—a crippling, stinging pain.The Day's Work, Volume 1|Rudyard Kipling
Instead of crippling the nation, they succeeded only in alerting it.The Last Gentleman|Rory Magill