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crutch

noun \ ˈkrəch \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of crutch

1 a : 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

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Origin and Etymology of crutch

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


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crutch

verb

Definition of crutch

transitive verb
: to support on crutches : prop up

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First Known Use of crutch

1609



CRUTCH Defined for English Language Learners

crutch

noun

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

noun \ ˈkrəch \

Definition of crutch for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

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crutch

noun \ ˈkrəch \

medical Definition of crutch

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

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crutch

transitive verb

medical Definition of crutch

: to support on crutches


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