Definition of crutch in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, I had been outside a few times with crutches for support, but that wasn't the same thing at all.’
    • ‘It's difficult to understand why so many crutches, white sticks and wheelchairs remain unclaimed.’
    • ‘He had to take to using crutches rather than sticks in order to get around.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were people in wheel chairs, people with walking sticks and crutches and people with guide dogs.’
    • ‘I steadied myself by leaning on my crutches for support.’
    • ‘Within a month I was able to hobble around with a cane or crutches, but I still had a limp.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since throwing down her crutches and declaring her knee operation a success, she has been undergoing therapy for nine hours every day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, his awareness campaign to help disabled children in Ethiopia has reaped dividends with hundreds of crutches already having been donated.’
    • ‘After two months in the hospital, five operations, and many months of crutches and cane, today he can walk and run.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Patients with severe leg weakness may need sticks, crutches, or a walking frame.’
    • ‘The workers here carry walking sticks, use crutches, or get around in wheelchairs.’
    • ‘A slippery deck is especially hazardous for swimmers who use mobility equipment such as crutches, canes, and walkers.’
    • ‘In most patients, the use of two properly fitted crutches should be considered during the initial, most painful period after injury.’
    • ‘She had been on crutches and in pain and thought the staff were being unhelpful.’
    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’
      • ‘Always supportive, we were the crutch for the other to lean on, when love dealt us the pain of heartbreak.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I look at my spiritual practice as a way to engage and learn from life, not simply a crutch to help make it through.’
      • ‘I see anti-depressants as a crutch which will help me to get better, not the thing that will make me better.’
      • ‘Kids got heavy in the first place because they used food as a crutch, as a coping mechanism.’
  • 2archaic

    another term for crotch (of the body or a garment)
    crotch, crutch, genitals
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Old English crycc, cryc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kruk and German Krücke.