- noun a person who is disabled or has difficulty in walking
- verb to prevent something from working
- In construction framing, members that are less than full length; for example, studs above a door or below a window.
- In roofing, a bracket secured at the ridge of a pitched roof to carry the scaffold for roofers.
Origin & History of “cripple”
The etymological sense
appears to be ‘someone who creeps along’, for it probably goes back
ultimately to the same
-, as creep
. The word
is widespread in the Germanic languages: German has kruppel
, Dutch kreupel
, and Norwegian krypel