One who creeps, halts, or limps; one who has lost, or never had, the use of a limb or limbs; a lame person; hence, one who is partially disabled.
- A person or animal that is partially disabled or unable to use a limb or limbs: cannot race a horse that is a cripple.
- A damaged or defective object or device.
- To cause to lose the use of a limb or limbs.
- To disable, damage, or impair the functioning of: a strike that crippled the factory.