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Definition of "cripple" []

  • A person or animal that is partially disabled or unable to use a limb or limbs: cannot race a horse that is a cripple. (noun)
  • A damaged or defective object or device. (noun)
  • To cause to lose the use of a limb or limbs. (verb-transitive)
  • To disable, damage, or impair the functioning of: a strike that crippled the factory. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cripple" in a sentence
  • "Everyone believed that she could be wounded by the word cripple."
  • "Burnt: My dad LOVED using the word cripple just to annoy people!"
  • "Since we can bring up the system in "cripple mode," we're doing integrity checks manually."