- 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.
Origin of crutch
OTHER WORDS FROM crutchcrutchlike, adjective
Words nearby crutch
How to use crutch in a sentence
You know, we do want children to continue to grow and develop and not necessarily use the AI as a crutch for all of that process, but we do want the AI to maybe help.When AI becomes child’s play|Anthony Green|June 9, 2021|MIT Technology Review
Meanwhile, serious-minded movies that exemplify a more accessible and aspirational worldview are unfairly dismissed and pigeonholed — never mind that such films are much harder to execute without the crutches of sensationalism and vulgarity.Audiences love family films. Hollywood might be catching on.|Ann Hornaday|May 7, 2021|Washington Post
Because of a war injury, his rotting right leg needed amputation, but he bounced around on crutches, shaking hands and chatting up fans, always seeking mass appeal.In Cleveland, four men helped bring baseball into the modern age|Aram Goudsouzian|April 9, 2021|Washington Post
Performance marketing isn’t a new phenomenon, but it has become an important crutch over the past several years, particularly among DTC brands.‘Everybody had a Facebook agency’: As customer data becomes scarcer, performance marketers face fallout|Cale Guthrie Weissman|April 1, 2021|Digiday
“Metabolism can increase 15 to 20 percent with trauma, minor surgery, and the use of crutches,” says Catherine Kruppa, a masters marathoner and registered dietitian who owns Advice for Eating, in Houston.How to Eat When You’re Injured|Becky Wade|February 17, 2021|Outside Online
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|Carrie Arnold|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ironically, the same psychological crutch of self-justification can then help in these situations.Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?|Amanda Marcotte|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For me, technology is a delightfully helpful crutch to scaffold me into more advanced meditative practices.High-Tech Meditation: Swap Your Yogi for a Headset|Gregory Ferenstein|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|Kevin Fallon|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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)|Kevin Fallon|April 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was between the wheels when we stopped, and I planted a crutch on one of his bare feet and embraced him.
At the mention of the doughty Scot I pounded the floor with my crutch and repeated "Dug—dug—dug."
My crutch emphasized this mandate, but I could not see how it was received, for every scholar's face was hidden from me by a book.
I hurled my pipe into the smouldering coals; I tossed a crutch at little Colonel, and the dog ran howling from the room.
Ezekiel designed a statue located at Lynchburg in honor of Major Daniel which shows him seated and holding a crutch.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
British Dictionary definitions for crutch
- a forked support for a boom or oar, etc
- a brace for reinforcing the frames at the stern of a wooden vessel