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Definition of the noun cripple

What does cripple mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: cripples

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

Alternative definition of the noun cripple


  1. [context: usually offensive] a person who has severe impairment in his physical abilities because of deformation, injury, or amputation of parts of the body.
  2. a shortened wooden stud or brace used to construct the portion of a wall above a door or above and below a window.
  3. [dialect, US South except Louisiana] scrapple.

Specialised definition of the noun cripple

Glossary of sports / basketball

a very easy shot, typically a lay-up with no defenders nearby

Definition of the adjective cripple

What does cripple mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. See Crippled.

Definition of the verb cripple

What does cripple mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: crippled | crippling | cripples

  1. deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless
    • example: This measure crippled our efforts
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of cripple: stultify
    • more generic word: weaken = lessen the strength of
  2. deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg
    • example: The accident has crippled her for life
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent] [Verb] [Theme]The king knighted the brave soldier

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): apprentice, beggar, canonize, cuckold, knight, martyr, orphan, outlaw, pauper, recruit, widow.

    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonym of cripple: lame
    • more generic word: maim = injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation
    • more specific word: hamstring = cripple by cutting the hamstring

Alternative definition of the verb cripple


  1. to make someone a cripple; to cause someone to get a physical disability
  2. [figuratively] to damage seriously; to destroy
  3. to release a product (especially a computer program) with reduced functionality, in some cases, making the item essentially worthless.


"Cripple" a.k.a. "Quad" is a film, directed by Michael Uppendahl and written by Michael Burke, Robin Veith, Mike Young & Brett Johnson.

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  1. Cripple is a fictional character from the 1975 film Tommy.
  2. Cripple is a fictional character from the 1977 film Which Way Is Up?.
  3. Cripple is a fictional character from the 2010 film The Precinct.
  4. Cripple is a fictional character from the 1968 film The Girl Who Couldn't Say No.


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.

Phrases with Cripple

  1. to cripple
  2. Nipple Cripple

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cripple

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Google previewManual of Community Nursing and Communicable Diseases (1996)

A Textbook for South African Students by Marie E. Vlok

A 'cripple is a person with a physical defect or injury, who is partially or completely disabled. The aim of medical rehabilitation is to restore the crippled person to the fullest possible physical, mental, vocational and economic independence and ...

Google previewPenn Clinical Manual of Urology E-Book (2014)

Expert Consult - Online by Philip M Hanno, Thomas J. Guzzo, S. Bruce Malkowicz, Alan J. Wein

The hypospadias cripple is a term used to describe the unfortunate man who has undergone prior failed hypospadias repair, usually multiple times.

Google previewLearning from the Water (2010)

Fishing Tactics & Fly Designs for the Toughest Trout by Rene Harrop

BONNIE HARROP PHOTO The CDC Last Chance Cripple is a splendid imitation by itself, but its value extends equally as an indicator fly for a suspended nymph. BONNIE HARROP PHOTO distance than those floating overhead. It is inefficient ...

Google previewScoticisms, Arranged in Alphabetical Order, Designed to Correct Improprieties of Speech and Writing (1797)

To which is Added A Lecture on Elocution by James Beattie, Hugh Blair

A cripple is a lame perfon. The word is not used as an adjećtive. A coarfe day ; coarse weather.–Bad. But we may fay, Fine day, and fine weather. Clofe the door. –Shut. To cast up a fault to one.–To upbraid one with a fault. A bunch of candle.

Google previewAmerican Builder (1921)

(A cripple is a rafter without a seat cut, or one that does not reach the plate, as one from the valley to the ridge, or between valley and hip.) Measure on your square the distance from rise to run, this distance, and the run of the rafter will give you ...

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary of Building (2012)

by Peter Brett

Double head plate Lintel Window opening Sole plate Stud Cripple stud to support lintel Cripple Cradling The rough framework or bracketing around a steel beam to support and provide a fixing for the covering material. Creasing One or more ...

Google previewDictionary of Pali Proper Names (2003)

by G.P. Malalasekera

— There was once a cripple in Benares adept in throwing stones.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West (2006)

by Gordon Morris Bakken, Alexandra Kindell

Cripple Creek and a grand total of 5 Asians, almost all of whom lived and worked in the red-light district. By 1910, most African Americans had moved on to bigger cities in the West, but the census showed 32 Greeks, 3 Italians, and 13 Asians ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Disability (2005)

by Gary L Albrecht

A term used to describe people with mobility impairments, especially impairments affecting one or more limbs, cripple is an ancient term, first...

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Quotes about Cripple

Pity? You don't want to be pitied because you're a cripple in a wheelchair? Stay in your house! (Jerry Lewis)
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Scrabble value of C3R1I1P3P3L1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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