Definition of crippled in English:



  • 1(of a person) unable to walk or move properly; disabled.

    ‘a crippled old man’
    • ‘In the same way Hawking, trapped in a crippled body, is physically ensnared but has mentally transcended this barrier to achieve greatness.’
    • ‘He also had a mother crippled by arthritis and a father who was so ill he and his brother made almost daily visits to their parents.’
    • ‘In fact, it's apparent that he's an intellectually crippled man who deserves our mercy and compassion rather than our scorn.’
    • ‘Some, too crippled to work, have been forced to return to Latin America.’
    • ‘All right, I will say it out loud: I am crippled.’
    • ‘This is the same John Edwards who implied President George W. Bush was responsible for keeping the crippled in their wheelchairs.’
    • ‘We hear the names of the dead, but rarely do we see the victims who remain maimed and crippled.’
    • ‘In January, Anita had her hip replacement removed to help her recover from MRSA, but this left her crippled.’
    • ‘The ugly truth is that much of the media only cares about our soldiers when they're dead or crippled.’
    • ‘Our second and third generations ' respect for the patriotic martyrs was thus manifested in the warm affection shown for the crippled grandson of the martyr.’
    • ‘Of course, we are told we can choose not to take hormones and end up asexual, crippled, diseased, demented, dead, or simply old.’
    • ‘The most popular story about its appearance relates that a great hero of the revolution, who had been crippled in one leg was welcomed home with a victory celebration.’
    • ‘After a number of failed attempts at suicide, he expressed his wish to escape from "the prison" of his crippled body.’
    • ‘Your victims die or end up crippled, mentally and physically.’
    • ‘I would be in the first row, pushing over crippled kids to get a good spot if necessary.’
    1. 1.1(of a machine) severely damaged.
      ‘the pilot displayed skill and nerve in landing the crippled plane’
      • ‘In years gone by a car or bike crippled on the downward journey ended the penny section with a DNF attached.’
      • ‘There is a crippled freighter as well with 22 people floundering around somewhere offshore.’
      • ‘Fuels spewed for six days from the crippled vessel before it went down today.’
      • ‘His crippled ship was easily overtaken by the HMS Endymion, but the President's fighting crew made up for the ship's lack of mobility.’
      • ‘The real possibility exists that a large portion of the West Coast's shipping capacity could be crippled by a major earthquake.’
      • ‘As for the crippled transport and the ungritted roads - for God's sake, get over it.’
      • ‘Lt Col Holdaway's quick actions, extensive systems knowledge, and smart decision making allowed him to safely recover a severely crippled aircraft and preserve a valuable combat asset.’
      • ‘" Half a mile from the hospital, the local power station, intact but crippled by war damage to the National Grid.’