Definition of crutch in English:

crutch

noun

  • 1A long stick with a crosspiece at the top, used as a support under the armpit by a lame person.

    • ‘One of my friends was a bright and beautiful girl who walked with a crutch and a stick as the result of what may have been polio in childhood.’
    • ‘My son is off his crutches now but still walks with a cane for support and is always in pain by the end of the day.’
    • ‘Not being able to walk without crutches and needing a special wheelchair that cost more than £6,000, she wondered if she would ever be able to follow her classmates and go on to college.’
    • ‘At this stage, patients were encouraged to increase their weightbearing as much as possible, with a view to discarding their crutches as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Patients with severe leg weakness may need sticks, crutches, or a walking frame.’
    • ‘She had been on crutches and in pain and thought the staff were being unhelpful.’
    • ‘In most patients, the use of two properly fitted crutches should be considered during the initial, most painful period after injury.’
    • ‘Since throwing down her crutches and declaring her knee operation a success, she has been undergoing therapy for nine hours every day.’
    • ‘It's difficult to understand why so many crutches, white sticks and wheelchairs remain unclaimed.’
    • ‘The workers here carry walking sticks, use crutches, or get around in wheelchairs.’
    • ‘There were people in wheel chairs, people with walking sticks and crutches and people with guide dogs.’
    • ‘Within a month I was able to hobble around with a cane or crutches, but I still had a limp.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, his awareness campaign to help disabled children in Ethiopia has reaped dividends with hundreds of crutches already having been donated.’
    • ‘Of course, I had been outside a few times with crutches for support, but that wasn't the same thing at all.’
    • ‘A slippery deck is especially hazardous for swimmers who use mobility equipment such as crutches, canes, and walkers.’
    • ‘After two months in the hospital, five operations, and many months of crutches and cane, today he can walk and run.’
    • ‘I steadied myself by leaning on my crutches for support.’
    • ‘But while those who use wheelchairs, crutches or walking frames can get into the post office, its size and layout makes it difficult for them to turn around and get out again.’
    • ‘I could cope with hobbling to the lectures on crutches after the operation but I had no idea where I was going to find the money.’
    • ‘He had to take to using crutches rather than sticks in order to get around.’
    walking stick, cane, staff
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    1. 1.1[in singular] A thing used for support or reassurance:
      ‘they use the Internet as a crutch for their loneliness’
      • ‘You touch on it briefly in your post but I think it is important to take note that there is a difference between protecting yourself and creating a crutch to avoid dealing with difficulties.’
      • ‘Always supportive, we were the crutch for the other to lean on, when love dealt us the pain of heartbreak.’
      • ‘I look at my spiritual practice as a way to engage and learn from life, not simply a crutch to help make it through.’
      • ‘Kids got heavy in the first place because they used food as a crutch, as a coping mechanism.’
      • ‘I see anti-depressants as a crutch which will help me to get better, not the thing that will make me better.’
  • 2The crotch of the body or a garment:

    ‘a black skirt that barely hid her crutch’
    ‘overalls reinforced with leather where the crutch took the saddle's chafing’
    crotch, crutch, genitals
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Origin

Old English crycc, cryc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kruk and German Krücke.

Pronunciation

crutch

/krʌtʃ/