Synonyms for cripple
Antonyms for cripples
When referring to a person, the use of cripple as a noun or verb (or verbal adjective crippled) is not common and is perceived as insulting. The alternative terms handicapped and the handicapped are still in use but are not the usual terms of choice. The most common and acceptable terms are disabled, and when referring to a group, the disabled or people with disabilities. And disabled is a more comprehensive word that includes many different kinds of impairments, whether temporary or permanent. In contrast, cripple and crippled describe usually permanent impairments that involve the limbs, making it difficult or impossible for the person to move or walk. See also retarded.