crutch

  • 1 Crutch — (kr[u^]ch; 224), n.; pl. {Crutches} ( [e^]z). [OE. crucche, AS. crycc, cricc; akin to D. kruk, G. kr[ u]cke, Dan. krykke, Sw. krycka, and to E. crook. See {Crook}, and cf. {Cricket} a low stool.] 1. A staff with a crosspiece at the head, to be… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 crutch — O.E. crycce crutch, staff, from P.Gmc. *krukjo (Cf. O.S. krukka, M.Du. crucke, O.H.G. krucka, Ger. Kröcke crutch, related to O.N. krokr hook; see CROOK (Cf. crook)). Figurative sense is first recorded c.1600. As a verb, from 1640s. It. gruccia …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 Crutch — Crutch, v. t. To support on crutches; to prop up. [R.] [1913 Webster] Two fools that crutch their feeble sense on verse. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 crutch — [kruch] n. [ME crucche < OE crycce, staff, akin to Ger krücke < IE base * ger : see CRADLE] 1. any of various devices used, often in pairs, by lame people as an aid in walking; typically, a staff with a hand grip and a padded crosspiece on… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 crutch — [krʌtʃ] n [: Old English; Origin: crycc] 1.) [usually plural] one of a pair of long sticks that you put under your arms to help you walk when you have hurt your leg on crutches (=use crutches) ▪ I was on crutches for three months after the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 6 crutch — crutch·er; crutch; …

    English syllables

  • 7 crutch — index mainstay Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 8 crutch — [ krʌtʃ ] noun 1. ) count a stick that fits under your arm so that you can lean on it and walk when your leg or foot is injured: a pair of crutches be on crutches: I was on crutches for six weeks. 2. ) singular someone or something that you… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 crutch — ► NOUN 1) a long stick with a crosspiece at the top, used as a support by a lame person. 2) something used for support or reassurance. 3) the crotch of the body or a garment. ORIGIN Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 Crutch — For other uses, see Crutch (disambiguation). Using underarm crutches A typical forearm crutch Crutches are mobility aids used to counter a mobility impairment or an injury that limits wa …

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  • 11 Crutch — A wooden or metal vertical prop that helps support a disabled person while he or she is walking. Crutches extend from the walking surface to either the armpit or the arm. A typical hardwood armpit crutch has a 20 inch length of 1 x1 wood at the… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 12 crutch — [[t]krʌ̱tʃ[/t]] crutches 1) N COUNT: usu pl, oft on N A crutch is a stick whose top fits round or under the user s arm, which someone with an injured foot or leg uses to support their weight when walking. I can walk without the aid of crutches …

    English dictionary

  • 13 crutch — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ emotional, psychological (both figurative) ▪ He saw religion as an emotional crutch. VERB + CRUTCH ▪ need, use ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 crutch — 1. n. a car. (Streets.) □ That’s one fine crutch you got here, Bud. □ I need a better crutch to get around. How about a benz? 2. n. a device to hold a marijuana cigarette butt. □ Here’s a crutch so you can finish your smoke …

    Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 15 crutch — crotch, crutch It s as well not to confuse these two words. Crotch is the part of the human body between the legs at their junction with the torso; a crutch (although it is occasionally used as a variant of crotch) is a support (both physical,… …

    Modern English usage

  • 16 crutch — Crotch Crotch (kr[o^]ch; 224), n.; pl. {Crotches} (kr[o^]ch [e^]z). [Cf. {Crotchet}, {Crutch}.] 1. The angle formed by the parting of two legs or branches; a fork; the point where a trunk divides; as, the crotch of a tree. more specifically, the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 17 crutch — UK [krʌtʃ] / US noun Word forms crutch : singular crutch plural crutches 1) [countable] a stick that fits under your arm so that you can lean on it and walk when your leg or foot is injured a pair of crutches be on crutches: I was on crutches for …

    English dictionary

  • 18 crutch — I. noun Etymology: Middle English crucche, from Old English crycc; akin to Old High German krucka crutch Date: before 12th century 1. a. a support typically fitting under the armpit for use by the disabled in walking b. prop, stay 2. a forked leg …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 crutch — crutchlike, adj. /kruch/, n. 1. a staff or support to assist a lame or infirm person in walking, now usually with a crosspiece at one end to fit under the armpit. 2. any of various devices resembling this in shape or use. 3. anything that serves… …

    Universalium

  • 20 crutch — noun a) A device to assist in motion as a cane, especially one that provides support under the arm to reduce weight on a leg. He walked on crutches for a month until the cast was removed from his leg. b) Something that supports, often used… …

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