- (offensive) a person who has severe impairment in his physical ability, abilities because of deformation, injury, or amputation of parts of the body.
verb (crippl, ing)
- He returned from war a cripple . This use is politically incorrect.
- a shortened wooden stud or brace used to construct the portion of a wall above a door or above and below a window.
- to make someone a cripple; to cause someone to get a physical disability
- The car bomb crippled five passers-by.
- (figuratively) to damage seriously; to destroy
- My ambitions were crippled by a lack of money.
- 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.
- crippled, Crippled.
Etymology: Anglo-Saxon crypel, cognate with crÄopan, "to creep", "to crawl"; confer Dutch kreupel, German Kríppel, Old Norse cryppill.
- 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.
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