What does cripple mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crippleverb

    someone who is unable to walk normally because of an injury or disability to the legs or back

  2. cripple, stultifyverb

    deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless

    "This measure crippled our efforts"; "Their behavior stultified the boss's hard work"

  3. cripple, lameverb

    deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg

    "The accident has crippled her for life"


  1. cripplenoun

    a person who has severe impairment in his physical abilities because of deformation, injury, or amputation of parts of the body.

    He returned from war a cripple.

  2. cripplenoun

    a shortened wooden stud or brace used to construct the portion of a wall above a door or above and below a window.

  3. cripplenoun


  4. crippleverb

    to make someone a cripple; to cause someone to get a physical disability

    The car bomb crippled five passers-by.

  5. crippleverb

    to damage seriously; to destroy

    My ambitions were crippled by a lack of money.

  6. crippleverb

    to release a product (especially a computer program) with reduced functionality, in some cases, making the item essentially worthless.

    The word processor was released in a crippled demonstration version that did not allow you to save.

  7. crippleadjective


  8. Etymology: From crypel, cognate with creopan; confer Dutch kreupel, German Krüppel, Old Norse cryppill.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CRIPPLEnoun

    A lame man; one that has lost or never enjoyed the use of his limbs.

    Etymology: crypel , Sax. krepel, Dutch.

    He, poor man, by your first order died,
    And that a winged Mercury did bear:
    Some tardy cripple had the countermand,
    That came too lag to see him buried. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    I am a cripple in my limbs; but what decays are in my mind, the reader must determine. John Dryden, Fables, Pref.

    Among the rest there was a lame cripple from his birth, whom Paul commanded to stand upright on his feet. Richard Bentley.

    See the blind beggar dance, the cripple sing,
    The sot a hero, lunatick a king. Alexander Pope, Essay on Man.

  2. To Crippleverb

    To lame; to make lame; to deprive of the use of limbs.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Knots upon his gouty joints appear,
    And chalk is in his crippled fingers found. John Dryden, Pers.

    Tettyx, the dancing-master, threw himself from the rock, but was crippled in the fall. Addison.


  1. Cripple

    A cripple is a person or animal with a physical disability, particularly one who is unable to walk because of an injury or illness. The word was recorded as early as 950 AD, and derives from the Proto-Germanic krupilaz. The German and Dutch words Krüppel and kreupel are cognates. By the 1970s, the word generally came to be regarded as pejorative when used for people with disabilities. Cripple is also a transitive verb, meaning "cause a disability or inability". The word crippling is also used as an adjective.


  1. cripple

    A cripple is a term used broadly to denote a person who is suffering from a physical disability or impairment, particularly one that impacts their ability to move or walk effectively. However, it's noteworthy to mention that this term can be considered offensive and disrespectful. The more acceptable terms to use are 'person with a disability' or 'physically impaired'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cripplenoun

    one who creeps, halts, or limps; one who has lost, or never had, the use of a limb or limbs; a lame person; hence, one who is partially disabled

  2. Crippleadjective

    lame; halting

  3. Crippleverb

    to deprive of the use of a limb, particularly of a leg or foot; to lame

  4. Crippleverb

    to deprive of strength, activity, or capability for service or use; to disable; to deprive of resources; as, to be financially crippled

  5. Etymology: [OE. cripel, crepel, crupel, AS. crypel (akin to D. kreuple, G. krppel, Dan. krbling, Icel. kryppill), prop., one that can not walk, but must creep, fr. AS. crepan to creep. See Creep.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cripple

    krip′l, n. a lame person.—adj. lame.—v.t. to make lame: to lame: disable, impair the efficiency of.—ns. Cripp′ledom; Cripp′ling, a prop set up as a support against the side of a building. [A.S. crypel; conn. with Creep.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cripple is ranked #160975 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cripple surname appeared 100 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cripple.

    98% or 98 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cripple in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cripple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of cripple in a Sentence

  1. Roi Carthy:

    Since Apple controls what appears in the App Store, it could try to push developers to clean up the ad formats, to make them lighter or smaller, but Apple will not cripple ads in apps - they have an interest in maintaining the ecosystem where the bread and butter is monetization via third-party ad platforms.

  2. Tony Cole:

    One attack could cripple the (IRS) system.

  3. Niccolo Machiavelli:

    People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance.

  4. Charles Dickens:

    Somehow he Tim gets thoughtful sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant for them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.

  5. Gaston Kroub:

    I could cripple competitors by shutting down their manufacturing.

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