Meaning of CRIPPLE in English


I. ˈkri-pəl noun

Etymology: Middle English cripel, from Old English crypel; akin to Old English crēopan to creep — more at creep

Date: before 12th century


a. sometimes offensive : a lame or partly disabled person or animal

b. : one that is disabled or deficient in a specified manner

a social cripple

2. : something flawed or imperfect

II. adjective

Date: 13th century

: being lame, flawed, or imperfect

III. transitive verb

( crip·pled ; crip·pling -p(ə-)liŋ)

Date: 14th century

1. : to deprive of the use of a limb and especially a leg

the accident left him crippled

2. : to deprive of capability for service or of strength, efficiency, or wholeness

an economy crippled by inflation

Synonyms: see maim , weaken

• crip·pler -p(ə-)lər noun

• crip·pling·ly -p(ə-)liŋ-lē adverb

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