Definition of cripple
- a social cripple
He returned from war a cripple.
Higher taxes could cripple small businesses.
an economy crippled by inflation
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: 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)
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