- 1[usually passive] cripple somebody to damage someone's body so that they are no longer able to walk or move normally synonym disable He was crippled by polio as a child. to be crippled with arthritis
- 2[usually passive] cripple somebody/something to seriously damage or harm someone or something The pilot tried to land his crippled plane.
- adjective a crippling disease crippling debts
NAmE//ˈkrɪpl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cripple
he / she / it cripples
past simple crippled
-ing form crippling
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