General English

  • noun a person who is disabled or has difficulty in walking
  • verb to prevent something from working


Origin & History of “cripple”

The etymological sense of cripple appears to be ‘someone who creeps along’, for it probably goes back ultimately to the same Indo-European base, *greub-, as creep. The word is widespread in the Germanic languages: German has kruppel, Dutch kreupel, and Norwegian krypel.