- 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
After my crying spell stopped, I gritted my teeth, tucked my crutch under my right arm, and turned to my husband.
“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
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|Darrell Hartman|January 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In fact, Britney Jean is least enjoyable when Spears, on occasion, reverts to the Auto-Tune crutch.
If only he might throw away the crutch and walk with a cane, it would be something gained.The Eye of Dread|Payne Erskine
Old Jonas P. Lonergan, his crutch beside him, is lying comfortably in another lounging chair.Frances of the Ranges|Amy Bell Marlowe
But hes getting on wonderfully and the doctors think hell soon be able to walk a little—with a crutch, of course.Adrienne Toner|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Mother Mitchel, with her crutch for a baton, saw them all placed in her storerooms upon shelves put up for the purpose.
I could get no information at first, but at length an old woman came slowly forward, leaning on a crutch.
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
Word Origin for crutch
Word Origin and History 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.