crutch

noun
\ ˈkrəch How to pronounce crutch (audio) \

Definition of crutch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a support typically fitting under the armpit for use by the disabled in walking
b : a source or means of support or assistance that is relied on heavily or excessively They refuse to take any pills. They don't want to use drugs as a crutch.— Maya Pines Even many atheists would agree that believing that God cares about you or that your life is part of a cosmic plan can be a powerful source of hope (or, to put it pejoratively, a crutch).— Virginia Postrel
2 : a forked leg rest constituting the pommel of a sidesaddle
3 : the crotch of a human being or an animal
4 : a forked support

crutch

verb
crutched; crutching; crutches

Definition of crutch (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to support on crutches : prop up

Examples of crutch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Knievel, who walks with the aid of a cane and sometimes a crutch, has another reason for the soar through the air. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 1969: Evel Knievel at the Carlsbad Raceway," 21 June 2019 His son, Klay, tore an ACL in his left knee and walked out of the arena on crutches. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Klay Thompson’s father still believes ‘he’ll be back’ with Warriors despite knee injury," 14 June 2019 Generally, Cammack said most patients are off crutches by this time and begin wearing a walking boot, In about a month, Durant would likely then begin rehab exercises to improve his range of motion. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Dominique Wilkins: ‘Kevin Durant is going to be fine’ post injury," 25 June 2019 The crutches were out Monday at Geno Auriemma’s charity golf event, as UConn guards Crystal Dangerfield and Evina Westbrook limped around among their teammates. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "Crystal Dangerfield, Evina Westbrook recovering well from injuries; Ania Makurat compares UConn with Poland," 24 June 2019 The good news is that nothing was fractured, though, so Austin is currently exploring downtown Nanjing at a steady hobble, sans crutches or boot. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Out of the Darkness: Isaiah Austin Searches for Peace Without the NBA," 14 June 2019 The urgent care center gave me crutches and instructed me to see an orthopedic surgeon. miamiherald, "How long will it take for my calf injury to heal?," 4 June 2019 The sight of Durant leaving Scotiabank Arena on crutches and in a walking boot after going down in the second quarter of Monday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals has everyone bickering in the world of hindsight 20/20. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Kevin Durant's legacy intact despite how he returns from major injury," 11 June 2019 Durant was gone from the arena before the game was over, on crutches and in a large boot. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Kevin Durant and Achilles, Two Heroes Who Had Decisions to Make," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Thorson, now a grad student holding an undergraduate degree in communication studies, remains the relentlessly positive team-first guy who insisted on crutching to the NU sideline to watch the second half of the Music City Bowl. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "First words: Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson talks ACL prognosis, marriage and why he ‘can’t skip steps’," 2 July 2018 Scalise still needs either crutches or a cane to get around after having nine surgeries to repair his pelvis, hip and left femur left shattered by bullets, CNN reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Rep. Steve Scalise to return to field one year after Congressional Baseball shooting," 14 June 2018 When Purdue played Nebraska about a month later, Tyler Trent crutched out to midfield for the coin toss. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Purdue freshman can't make tourney, but cancer is just an inconvenience," 15 Mar. 2018 He was recorded crutching down a hallway at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday. Jacob Klinger, cleveland.com, "Steelers short 3 offensive, 2 defensive starters," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of crutch

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crutch

Noun

Middle English crucche, from Old English crycc; akin to Old High German krucka crutch

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crutch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crutch

: a long stick with a padded piece at the top that fits under a person's arm
usually disapproving : something that a person uses too much for help or support

crutch

noun
\ ˈkrəch How to pronounce crutch (audio) \

Kids Definition of crutch

1 : a long stick usually made with a piece at the top to fit under the armpit that is used as an aid in walking
2 : something that a person depends on to help deal with problems The child uses his blanket as a crutch to feel more secure.

crutch

noun
\ ˈkrəch How to pronounce crutch (audio) \

Medical Definition of crutch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a support typically fitting under the armpit for use as an aid in walking
2 : the crotch especially of an animal

Medical Definition of crutch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to support on crutches

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