Definition of cripple noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkrɪpl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪpl//
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(old-fashioned or offensive) a person who is unable to walk or move normally because of a disease or injury (figurative) He's an emotional cripple (= he cannot express his feelings). People now use disabled person instead of ‘cripple’. Word OriginOld English: from two words, crypel and crēopel, both of Germanic origin and related to creep.
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