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Webster 1913 Edition


Crutch

Crutch

(krŭch; 224)
,
Noun.
;
pl.
Crutches
(-ĕz)
.
[OE.
crucche
, AS.
crycc
,
cricc
; akin to D.
kruk
, G.
krücke
, Dan.
krykke
, Sw.
krycka
, and to E.
crook
. See
Crook
, and cf.
Cricket
a low stool.]
1.
A staff with a crosspiece at the head, to be placed under the arm or shoulder, to support the lame or infirm in walking.
I’ll lean upon one
crutch
, and fight with the other.
Shakespeare
Rhyme is a
crutch
that lifts the weak alone.
H. Smith.
2.
A form of pommel for a woman's saddle, consisting of a forked rest to hold the leg of the rider.
3.
(Naut.)
(a)
A knee, or piece of knee timber
.
(b)
A forked stanchion or post; a crotch. See
Crotch
.

Crutch

,
Verb.
T.
To support on crutches; to prop up.
[R.]
Two fools that
crutch
their feeble sense on verse.
Dryden.

Webster 1828 Edition


Crutch

CRUTCH

,
Noun.
[G.]
1.
A staff with a curving cross piece at the head, to be placed under the arm or shoulder, to support the lame in walking.
2.
Figuratively, old age.

CRUTCH

,
Verb.
T.
To support on crutches; to prop or sustain, with miserable helps, that which is feeble.
Two fools that crutch their feeble sense on verse.

Definition 2023


crutch

crutch

English

Crutch

Noun

crutch (plural crutches)

  1. A device to assist in motion as a cane, especially one that provides support under the arm to reduce weight on a leg.
    He walked on crutches for a month until the cast was removed from his leg.
    • Shakespeare
      I'll lean upon one crutch, and fight with the other.
  2. Something that supports, often used negatively to indicate that it is not needed and causes an unhealthful dependency; a prop
    Alcohol became a crutch to help him through the long nights; eventually it killed him.
    • H. Smith
      Rhyme is a crutch that lifts the weak alone.
  3. A crotch; the area of body where the legs fork from the trunk.
  4. A form of pommel for a woman's saddle, consisting of a forked rest to hold the leg of the rider.
  5. (nautical) A knee, or piece of knee timber.
  6. (nautical) A forked stanchion or post; a crotch.

Translations

Verb

crutch (third-person singular simple present crutches, present participle crutching, simple past and past participle crutched)

  1. (transitive) To support on crutches; to prop up.
    • Two fools that crutch their feeble sense on verse. Dryden.
  2. (transitive) To shear the hindquarters of a sheep; to dag.
    • After learning how to crutch at 13, he could dag 400 sheep in a day by the spring of 1965 and earned himself more than just a bit of pocket money. 2010 January 29, Emma Partridge, Stock Journal, Richie Foster a cut above the rest,