General English

  • 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 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.