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Meaning of cripple

crip•ple

Pronunciation: (krip'ul), [key]
— n., v., adj. -pled, -pling,
—n.
  1. a mental cripple.
    1. a person or animal that is partially or totally unable to use one or more limbs; a lame or disabled person or animal.
    2. a person who is disabled or impaired in any way:a mental cripple.
  2. anything that is impaired or flawed.
  3. a wounded animal, esp. one shot by a hunter.
  4. any structural member shorter than usual, as a stud beneath a window sill.
  5. a swampy, densely overgrown tract of land.
—v.t.
  1. to make a cripple of; lame.
  2. to disable; impair; weaken.
—adj.
  1. jack (def. 29).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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