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noun 
  1. (offensive) a person who has severe impairment in his physical ability, abilities because of deformation, injury, or amputation of parts of the body.
He returned from war a cripple . This use is politically incorrect.
  1. a shortened wooden stud or brace used to construct the portion of a wall above a door or above and below a window.
verb (crippl, ing)
  1. to make someone a cripple; to cause someone to get a physical disability
The car bomb crippled five passers-by.
  1. (figuratively) to damage seriously; to destroy
My ambitions were crippled by a lack of money.
  1. 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.
adjective 
  1. crippled, Crippled.
    • 1599 " w:William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, s:The_Life_of_Henry_the_Fifth, Henry V, iv 1
    • :And chide the tardy-gaited night, who, like a foul and ugly witch, doth limp so tediously away.
Etymology: Anglo-Saxon crypel, cognate with crÄopan, "to creep", "to crawl"; confer Dutch kreupel, German Kríppel, Old Norse cryppill.


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