- 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)
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Origin of crutch
OTHER WORDS FROM crutchcrutchlike, adjective
Words nearby crutch
Example sentences from the Web for crutch
“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.
According to Trudeau, even Nigg himself sees the comfort filter idea as “a crutch until we can figure out how to use biomechanics.”There’s a New Way to Choose the Right Running Shoe|Alex Hutchinson|January 5, 2021|Outside Online
After my crying spell stopped, I gritted my teeth, tucked my crutch under my right arm, and turned to my husband.
Ironically, the same psychological crutch of self-justification can then help in these situations.
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.
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