noun \ˈkri-pəl\

Definition of CRIPPLE

a sometimes offensive :  a lame or partly disabled person or animal
b :  one that is disabled or deficient in a specified manner <a social cripple>
:  something flawed or imperfect

Examples of CRIPPLE

  1. He returned from war a cripple.

Origin of CRIPPLE

Middle English cripel, from Old English crypel; akin to Old English crēopan to creep — more at creep
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with CRIPPLE



Definition of CRIPPLE

:  being lame, flawed, or imperfect

First Known Use of CRIPPLE

13th century

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

Rhymes with CRIPPLE



: to cause (a person or animal) to be unable to move or walk normally

: to make (something) unable to work normally : to cause great damage to (something)

crip·pledcrip·pling \-p(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of CRIPPLE

transitive verb
:  to deprive of the use of a limb and especially a leg <the accident left him crippled>
:  to deprive of capability for service or of strength, efficiency, or wholeness <an economy crippled by inflation>
crip·pler \-p(ə-)lər\ noun
crip·pling·ly \-p(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of CRIPPLE

  1. Higher taxes could cripple small businesses.
  2. an economy crippled by inflation

First Known Use of CRIPPLE

14th century


Next Word in the Dictionary: crippledom
Previous Word in the Dictionary: cripes
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