Cripple, Crippled

This term is widely considered to be
This term is generally agreed to be offensive toward a person or group of people. We strongly recommend you do not use this term and instead use a term not usually thought to be offensive. While it is possible that some people will not be offended by this term, just as some people will be offended by other terms when no harm is intended, it is best to avoid. Remember that what is considered offensive can also change over time, by scenario, and by relationship. We provide this library of terms for informational purposes and we welcome feedback to help us get it right.


Derogatory term for a person that has a disability or impairment, usually referring to someone who has limited or no use of arms or legs.


The word is believed to have been in the English language for over a thousand years, though it probably came to be considered offensive in the 20th century. Its origin is related to the word creep.


If a person’s disability or perceived disability is relevant, state it specifically. If speaking in general terms, you might opt for "people with disabilities."