- 1[usually passive] cripple somebody to damage somebody’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 somebody/something The pilot tried to land his crippled plane. Word Origin Old English: from two words, crypel and crēopel, both of Germanic origin and related to creep.Extra examples As a child she contracted polio and was crippled for life. He’s eighty and crippled with arthritis. The disease left him crippled. The industry has been financially crippled by these policies. Sugar producers have been crippled by plummeting prices.
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪpl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪpl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cripple
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪpl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪpl//he / she / it cripples
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪplz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪplz//past simple crippled
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪpld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪpld//past participle crippled
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪpld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪpld//-ing form crippling
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪplɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪplɪŋ//