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Meaning of CRUTCH

Pronunciation:  kruch

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  anything that serves as an expedient; "he uses drugs as a psychological crutch"
  2. [n]  a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking

CRUTCH is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: expedient, staff



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Crutch\ (kr[u^]ch; 224), n.; pl. {Crutches} (-[e^]z).
    [OE. crucche, AS. crycc, cricc; akin to D. kruk, G.
    kr["u]cke, Dan. krykke, Sw. krycka, and to E. crook. See
    {Crook}, and cf. {Cricket} a low stool.]
    1. A staff with a crosspiece at the head, to be placed under
       the arm or shoulder, to support the lame or infirm in
             I'll lean upon one crutch, and fight with the other.
             Rhyme is a crutch that lifts the weak alone. --H.
    2. A form of pommel for a woman's saddle, consisting of a
       forked rest to hold the leg of the rider.
    3. (Naut.)
       (a) A knee, or piece of knee timber.
       (b) A forked stanchion or post; a crotch. See {Crotch}.
  2. \Crutch\, v. t.
    To support on crutches; to prop up. [R.]
          Two fools that crutch their feeble sense on verse.
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