Cripple Crip"ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Crippled} (-p'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Crippling} (-pl?ng).] 1. To deprive of the use of a limb, particularly of a leg or foot; to lame. [1913 Webster]

He had crippled the joints of the noble child. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. To deprive of strength, activity, or capability for service or use; to disable; to deprive of resources; as, to be financially crippled. [1913 Webster]

More serious embarrassments . . . were crippling the energy of the settlement in the Bay. --Palfrey. [1913 Webster]

An incumbrance which would permanently cripple the body politic. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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