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. He had crippled the joints of the noble child. --Sir W. Scott. 2. To deprive of strength, activity, or capability for service or use; to disable; to deprive of resources; as, to be financially crippled. More serious embarrassments . . . were crippling the energy of the settlement in the Bay. --Palfrey. An incumbrance which would permanently cripple the body politic. --Macaulay.
1. A crippling illness or disability is one that severely damages your health or your body. Arthritis and rheumatism are prominent crippling diseases...ADJ: ADJ n 2. If you say that an action, policy, or situation has a crippling effect on something, you mean it has a very serious, harmful effect. The high cost of capital has a crippling effect on many small American high-tech firms...ADJ: usu ADJ n