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

The injury was bad enough to keep him on crutches the next several weeks, but not enough to require surgery. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Chaparral's Jack Miller out to prove he's the best QB in the nation," 5 Aug. 2019 With a brace over his right knee and using crutches to walk around, Reds catcher Curt Casali is expected to be sidelined for the next three or four weeks with a right knee sprain. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett confident he will break out of early slump," 18 July 2019 The knee scooter is too heavy to carry outside and my foot swells immediately on crutches. Emily J. Smith, Curbed, "The unexpected gift of couch arrest," 18 July 2019 He was helped off the court to the locker room and was seen in the Scotiabank Arena hallways wearing a walking boot and using crutches. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Kevin Durant has surgery for torn right Achilles tendon," 12 June 2019 Her osteoporosis caused her to lose six inches off her commanding height of six feet and required her to use crutches. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "Rebecca Parris, Jazz Singer, Is Dead at 66," 22 June 2018 McClellan, an Oak Lawn resident who is missing one leg, appeared in court in an orange jail jumpsuit and used crutches to get in and out of a wheelchair. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Alleged getaway driver in robbery of Razny Jewelers in Hinsdale released on $150,000 bond," 27 Mar. 2018 Craig was later spotted with a boot and crutches in June before returning to the London set of the movie in July. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Rachel Weisz Says Husband Daniel Craig Is Doing ‘Very Well’ After Ankle Injury on James Bond Set," 22 July 2019 Mobility Camp will lend wheelchairs, walkers, hand cycles, knee braces and crutches to those who are injured during the Burn. Yomi S. Wrong, latimes.com, "Burning Man can be doable for people with disabilities," 8 July 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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