Definition of crutch in English:

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Pronunciation: /krʌtʃ/


1A long stick with a crosspiece at the top, used as a support under the armpit by a lame person.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 [in singular] A thing used for support or reassurance: they use the Internet as a crutch for their loneliness
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
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


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

Words that rhyme with crutch

clutch, Dutch, hutch, inasmuch, insomuch, much, mutch, scutch, such, thrutch, touch

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