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crutch

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noun \ˈkrəch\

Definition of crutch

  1. 1a :  a support typically fitting under the armpit for use by the disabled in walkingb :  prop, stay

  2. 2 :  a forked leg rest constituting the pommel of a sidesaddle

  3. 3 :  the crotch of a human being or an animal

  4. 4 :  a forked support

Origin and Etymology of crutch

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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crutch

verb

Definition of crutch

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to support on crutches :  prop up

1609

First Known Use of crutch

1609



CRUTCH Defined for English Language Learners

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crutch

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noun \ˈkrəch\

Definition of crutch for English Language Learners

  • : a long stick with a padded piece at the top that fits under a person's arm

  • : something that a person uses too much for help or support


CRUTCH Defined for Kids

crutch

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noun \ˈkrəch\

Definition of crutch for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  something that a person depends on to help deal with problems The child uses his blanket as a crutch to feel more secure.


Medical Dictionary

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crutch

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noun \ˈkrəch\

Medical Definition of crutch

  1. 1:  a support typically fitting under the armpit for use as an aid in walking

  2. 2:  the crotch especially of an animal


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crutch

transitive verb

Medical Definition of crutch

  1. :  to support on crutches



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