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



    BrE BrE//krʌtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//krʌtʃ//
    Medical equipment
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  1. 1one of two long sticks that you put under your arms to help you walk after you have injured your leg or foot After the accident I spent six months on crutches. See related entries: Medical equipment
  2. 2(usually disapproving) a person or thing that gives you help or support but often makes you depend on them too much High interest rates are merely a crutch for the country’s ailing economy. He sees religion as an emotional crutch.
  3. 3 = crotch
  4. Word OriginOld English crycc, cryc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kruk and German Krücke.Extra examples He saw religion as a psychological crutch. She can only walk with crutches. She uses her work as a psychological crutch.
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