What does cripple mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cripple(verb)

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

  2. cripple, stultify(verb)

    deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless

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

  3. cripple, lame(verb)

    deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg

    "The accident has crippled her for life"


  1. cripple(Noun)

    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. cripple(Noun)

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

  3. cripple(Noun)


  4. cripple(Verb)

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

    The car bomb crippled five passers-by.

  5. cripple(Verb)

    to damage seriously; to destroy

    My ambitions were crippled by a lack of money.

  6. cripple(Verb)

    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. cripple(Adjective)


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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cripple(noun)

    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. Cripple(adj)

    lame; halting

  3. Cripple(verb)

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

  4. Cripple(verb)

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

  5. Origin: [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.]

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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. Tony Cole:

    One attack could cripple the (IRS) system.

  2. Gaston Kroub:

    I could cripple competitors by shutting down their manufacturing.

  3. Philip Hammond:

    Cyber weapons provide the tantalising possibility of being able to cripple the enemy without inflicting lasting damage on them

  4. Armstrong Williams:

    Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency, the last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.

  5. 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.

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