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.
any of various devices resembling this in shape or use.
anything that serves as a temporary and often inappropriate support, supplement, or substitute; prop:
He uses liquor as a psychological crutch.
a forked support or part.
the crotch of the human body.
Also, crotch. Nautical.
a forked device on the left side of a sidesaddle, consisting of two hooks, one of which is open at the bottom and serves to clamp the left knee and the other of which is open at the top and serves to support the right knee.
verb (used with object)
to support on crutches; prop; sustain.
a long staff of wood or metal having a rest for the armpit, for supporting the weight of the body
something that supports or sustains: a crutch to the economy
(Brit) another word for crotch (sense 1)
(transitive) to support or sustain (a person or thing) as with a crutch
(Austral & NZ, slang) to clip (wool) from the hindquarters of a sheep
Old English crycce “crutch, staff,” from Proto-Germanic *krukjo (cf. Old Saxon krukka, Middle Dutch crucke, Old High German krucka, German Kröcke “crutch,” related to Old Norse krokr “hook;” see crook). Figurative sense is first recorded c.1600. As a verb, from 1640s. Italian gruccia “crutch,” crocco “hook” are Germanic loan-words.
A staff or support used by a physically injured or disabled individual as an aid in walking, usually designed to fit under the armpit and often used in pairs.
- Crutched friar
/krʌtʃt; ˈkrʌtʃɪd/ noun 1. a member of a mendicant order, suppressed in 1656
/ˈkrʌtʃɪŋz/ plural noun 1. (Austral & NZ) the wool clipped from a sheep’s hindquarters
[krœt-suh n] /ˈkrœt sən/ noun 1. Paul, born 1933, Dutch meteorologist and chemist: Nobel Prize 1995.
Cruveilhier Cru·veil·hier (krōō-vāl-yā’, krü-vě-), Jean. 1791-1874. French anatomist who was the first to describe multiple sclerosis.