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crib

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noun \ˈkrib\

Simple Definition of crib

  • : a small bed with high sides for a baby

  • : a long open box that holds food for farm animals

  • : something used for cheating on a test

Full Definition of crib

  1. 1 :  a manger for feeding animals

  2. 2 :  an enclosure especially of framework: as a :  a stall for a stabled animal b :  a small child's bedstead with high enclosing usually slatted sides c :  any of various devices resembling a crate or framework in structure d :  a building for storage :  bin

  3. 3 a :  a small narrow room or dwelling :  hut, shack b :  a room or shack used for prostitution

  4. 4 :  the cards discarded in cribbage for the dealer to use in scoring

  5. 5 a :  a small theft b :  plagiarism c :  a literal translation; especially :  pony 3 d :  a summary and key to understanding a literary work e :  something used for cheating in an examination

  6. 6 :  crèche 1

Origin of crib

Middle English, from Old English cribb; akin to Old High German krippa manger, and perhaps to Greek griphos reed basket


First Known Use: before 12th century

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crib

verb

Simple Definition of crib

  • : to copy an idea, a piece of writing, etc., from someone else

Full Definition of crib

cribbedcrib·bing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  confine, cramp

  3. 2 :  to provide with or put into a crib; especially :  to line or support with a framework of timber

  4. 3 :  pilfer, steal; especially :  plagiarize

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 a :  steal, plagiarize b :  to use a crib :  cheat

  7. 2 :  to have the vice of cribbing

crib·ber noun

Examples of crib

  1. She cribbed a line or two from her favorite poet.

  2. students cribbing off each other's papers



1605

First Known Use of crib

1605


Medical Dictionary

crib

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noun \ˈkrib\

Medical Definition of crib

  1. 1:  a manger for feeding animals

  2. 2a:  a stall for a stabled animalb:  a small child's bedstead with high enclosing usually slatted sides




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