- a forked support for a boom or spar when not in use.
- a forked support for an oar on the sides or stern of a rowboat.
- a horizontal knee reinforcing the stern frames of a wooden vessel.
verb (used with object)
Origin of crutch
Examples from the Web for crutch
Contemporary Examples of crutch
After my crying spell stopped, I gritted my teeth, tucked my crutch under my right arm, and turned to my husband.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
“Sometimes swearing is a crutch that can be leaned on rather than used for emphasis,” he says.‘Veep’ Is a F*@king Masterclass in Cursing
April 7, 2014
Although I do love, I think that sometimes swearing is a crutch that can be leaned on rather than used for emphasis.Veep’s Jonah Is TV’s Most Insufferable Character (But We Love Him)
April 4, 2014
Even if it was a crutch, the Biblical language in these older writings did justice to the enormity of the forces at play.Polar Explorer vs. Reality TV Crew: Tim Jarvis in the Footsteps of Shackleton
January 12, 2014
In fact, Britney Jean is least enjoyable when Spears, on occasion, reverts to the Auto-Tune crutch.Britney Spears Is the Last of the Pop Goddesses
December 3, 2013
Historical Examples of crutch
But just as the former is not necessarily a crutch, so the latter was not necessarily a cross.The Non-Christian Cross
John Denham Parsons
With these words he took an iron poker and fashioned it into a crutch for himself.The Chinese Fairy Book
How he tried all kinds of artifices, as he leaned on his crutch, and all in vain!A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
The publican, who carried a stick, was drunk, and the "knocker-up" was staggering on a crutch.
The "knocker-up" lifted his crutch and with the upper end of it he battered at the dog's brains.
- a forked support for a boom or oar, etc
- a brace for reinforcing the frames at the stern of a wooden vessel
Word Origin for crutch
Old English crycce "crutch, staff," from Proto-Germanic *krukjo (cf. Old Saxon krukka, Middle Dutch crucke, Old High German krucka, German Kröcke "crutch," related to Old Norse krokr "hook;" see crook). Figurative sense is first recorded c.1600. As a verb, from 1640s. Italian gruccia "crutch," crocco "hook" are Germanic loan-words.