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Meaning of CRIPPLE

Pronunciation:  'kripul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  someone whose legs are disabled
  2. [v]  deprive of the use of a limb, esp. a leg; "The accident has crippled her for life"
  3. [v]  deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless; "This measure crippled our efforts"; "Their behavior stultified the boss's hard work"

CRIPPLE is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: lame, stultify
 See Also: crookback, hamstring, humpback, hunchback, maim, unfortunate, unfortunate person, weaken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Crip"ple\ (kr[i^]p"p'l), n. [OE. cripel, crepel,
    crupel, AS. crypel (akin to D. kreuple, G. kr["u]ppel, Dan.
    kr["o]bling, Icel. kryppill), prop., one that can not walk,
    but must creep, fr. AS. cre['o]pan to creep. See {Creep}.]
    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.
          I am a cripple in my limbs; but what decays are in my
          mind, the reader must determine.         --Dryden.
  2. \Crip"ple\ (kr[i^]p"p'l), a.
    Lame; halting. [R.] ``The cripple, tardy-gaited night.''
  3. \Crip"ple\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Crippled} (-p'ld); p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Crippling} (-pl?ng).]
    1. To deprive of the use of a limb, particularly of a leg or
       foot; to lame.
             He had crippled the joints of the noble child. --Sir
                                                   W. Scott.
    2. To deprive of strength, activity, or capability for
       service or use; to disable; to deprive of resources; as,
       to be financially crippled.
             More serious embarrassments . . . were crippling the
             energy of the settlement in the Bay.  --Palfrey.
             An incumbrance which would permanently cripple the
             body politic.                         --Macaulay.
  4. \Crip"ple\, [Local. U. S.]
    (a) Swampy or low wet ground, often covered with brush or
        with thickets; bog.
              The flats or cripple land lying between high- and
              low-water lines, and over which the waters of the
              stream ordinarily come and go.       --Pennsylvania
                                                   Law Reports.
    (b) A rocky shallow in a stream; -- a lumberman's term.
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