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a. Often Offensive A person who is partially disabled or unable to use one or more limbs:
b. An animal that is partially disabled or unable to use one or more limbs: cannot race a horse that is a cripple.
2. A damaged or defective object or device: "He ... would let that cripple of a steamboat get the upper hand of him in a minute" (Joseph Conrad).
tr.v. crip·pled, crip·pling, crip·ples
1. To cause to lose the use of a limb or limbs.
2. To disable, damage, or impair the functioning of: a strike that crippled the factory.

[Middle English crepel, from Old English crypel.]

crip′pler n.
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Badger gave us in the drawing-room a biographical sketch of the life and services of Captain Swosser before his marriage and a more minute account of him dating from the time when he fell in love with her at a ball on board the Crippler, given to the officers of that ship when she lay in Plymouth Harbour.
th] anniversary of the day polio, "the killer, the crippler," began loosening its grip on children nationwide.
You win some and lose some when it comes to England calls, but the Bears have copped a crippler here.
Financial bias, apathy, and scientific ignorance have resulted in most Americans failing to protect themselves against today's leading crippler and killer .
BURNING WITCH Crippler Lucifer (Southern Lord)--Collection of out of print EPs/split releases (mostly out-of-print vinyl), and don't confuse this with the Crippled Lucifer album from 98.