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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Mrs Davison was injured when she jumped from a bedroom window and still has to use a crutch.
▪ He can be compulsive, full of tics that also are used as crutches.
▪ Without another word she turned and made her way upstairs, using the crutch only as an added safety precaution.
▪ I knew some patients who learned to take a few struggling steps using braces and crutches and never got any further.
▪ Among them were women between 70 and 80 years of age, some of them using crutches.
▪ Anything longer-and unless part of it is very familiar to us already we have to use crutches.
▪ His left leg was cut off above the knee and he walked with a crutch under his left shoulder.
▪ They offered little hope that he would ever walk without crutches.
▪ He talked and laughed a lot, and practised walking with his crutch.
▪ Now he walks on crutches and holds a responsible position with a magazine in New York.
▪ Alcoholics use drinking as a crutch.
▪ He came down to Highbury on crutches, so grave was the extent of his injury.
▪ He put his hand down to the crutch of the camiknickers and he fumbled with the little buttons.
▪ Hospital officials cleaned and bandaged his wound and sent him home with a pair of crutches, Ross said.
▪ It took three years of rehabilitation, but Meidl once again walked without the aid of crutches.
▪ Some came in wheelchairs or on crutches.
▪ Volunteers, sometimes wearing blue lapel pins in the shape of crutches, raised money in numerous and often ingenious ways.
▪ With a shout, Silver threw his crutch through the air.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Crotch \Crotch\ (kr[o^]ch; 224), n.; pl. Crotches (kr[o^]ch"[e^]z). [Cf. Crotchet, Crutch.]

  1. The angle formed by the parting of two legs or branches; a fork; the point where a trunk divides; as, the crotch of a tree. more specifically, the space on the human torso between the two legs; also, the corresponding part between the legs of a pair of pants, which is in contact with the crotch of the wearer; as, pants with a tight crotch have become very popular.

  2. (Naut.) A stanchion or post of wood or iron, with two arms for supporting a boom, spare yards, etc.; -- called also crane and crutch.

  3. (Billiards) In the three-ball carom game, a small space at each corner of the table. See Crotched, below.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English crycce "crutch, staff," from Proto-Germanic *krukjo (cognates: 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.


n. 1 A device to assist in motion as a cane, especially one that provides support under the arm to reduce weight on a leg. 2 Something that supports, often used negatively to indicate that it is not needed and causes an unhealthful dependency; a prop 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 (context nautical English) A knee, or piece of knee timber. 6 (context nautical English) A forked stanchion or post; a crotch. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To support on crutches; to prop up. 2 (context transitive English) To shear the hindquarters of a sheep; to dag.

  1. n. a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking

  2. anything that serves as an expedient; "he uses drugs as a psychological crutch"


A crutch is a mobility aid that transfers weight from the legs to the upper body. It is often used for people who cannot use their legs to support their weight, for reasons ranging from short-term injuries to lifelong disabilities.

Crutch (film)

Crutch is a 2004 autobiographical coming of age film written and directed by Rob Moretti.

Crutch (disambiguation)

A crutch is a medical tool used in the event that one's leg or legs may be injured or unable to support weight.

Crutch may also refer to:

  • In translations from French, French béquille in the sense of "prop or support for a vehicle", as in this image
  • Crutch (film), a 2004 autobiographical coming of age film
  • crutch, a cigar term
  • Aletheian, a Death metal band formerly known as Crutch
  • Crutching, the removal of wool from around the tail and between the rear legs of a sheep
  • Malaysian New Economic Policy (NEP) (known as 'crutches' in Malaysia)
  • Crutch, Worcestershire, formerly an extra-parochial place, now in Hampton Lovett

Usage examples of "crutch".

Jock Binning came upon his crutches from the bench by the stream where he made a fishing-net.

And there was here Jock Binning, who, for all his lameness and his crutches, could go where he wished.

Jock Binning, crutched and with an elfish face and figure and voice, had pulled down upon himself the office of revelator.

You will probably start on crutches, but if you put your full effort into it, you will progress to where you will be able to walk using canes with the braces.

Conmee on Christass, lame crutch and leg sailor in cockboat armfolded ropepulling hitching stamp hornpipe through and through.

This runs from the barrel at the stern, down the centre of the boat, to the crutch on the starboard bow where it is spliced to the two harpoons in front of where Hammerhead Jack is seated.

Beyond them by some fifty feet were the archers, protected by a German knight named Hano von Linka and the limping Myles Brabazon, easing his wounded leg with a boar spear for a crutch.

On Friday the 8th of July, Elizarov, nicknamed Crutch, and Lipa were returning from the village of Kazanskoe, where they had been to a service on the occasion of a church holiday in the honour of the Holy Mother of Kazan.

April was half-gone when Brother Olivier brought stout olivewood crutches and made Michel rise from his bed.

Lalan flanked Salin as they started out, though she was watchful only, not giving any physical aid to the wisewoman whose staff did not seem this morning to be so much of a crutch as a badge of office.

Some time around midnight the twelve members of his escort, who had last been seen lying, most of them unconscious, on the floor of the Fengerzhuang eating-house, came limping into the inn, some of them with a leg or an arm in splints and one or two of them on crutches.

Life, thought Annis, nipping down the narrow passage ahead of Jake so that he had room to use his crutches, was very strange.

Until the previous Friday, Captain Bart Coombs had been limping around on a crutch, the result of a parachute mishap during a Delta training operation at Camp Dawson in West Virginia.

Quickly, lest she lose her nerve, she pulled her crutches from the Blazer and slid her forearms into place.

He left his crutch behind and with autoshot in hand dove out through the passenger door while the hovercar was still moving.