- 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 cripplingly
Contemporary Examples of cripplingly
Unlike Hannah, who is cripplingly obsessed with how others perceive her, Tris is not attempting to please anyone.Sex Won’t Kill Young Adult Heroines: ‘Divergent’ and Rape Culture
March 28, 2014
Beckham used to be cripplingly shy and lacking in self-confidence.David Beckham Is Retiring, But We Still Love Him
May 16, 2013
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.