Meaning of “cripple” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] us uk /ˈkrɪpl/

to injure someone so that they cannot use their arms or legs:

[ often passive ] His son was crippled by a riding accident.

to damage something very badly and make it weak or not effective:

[ often passive ] It was a country crippled by war.

(Definition of “cripple verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)