crib

noun
\ ˈkrib How to pronounce crib (audio) \

Definition of crib

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a manger for feeding animals
2 : an enclosure especially of framework: such 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
3a : a small narrow room or dwelling : hut, shack
b : a room or shack used for prostitution
4 : the cards discarded in cribbage for the dealer to use in scoring
5a : a small theft
c : a literal translation especially : pony sense 3
d : a summary and key to understanding a literary work
e : something used for cheating in an examination

crib

verb
cribbed; cribbing

Definition of crib (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : confine, cramp
2 : to provide with or put into a crib especially : to line or support with a framework of timber
3 : pilfer, steal especially : plagiarize

intransitive verb

b : to use a crib : cheat
2 : to have the vice of cribbing

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Other Words from crib

Verb

cribber noun

Examples of crib in a Sentence

Verb She cribbed a line or two from her favorite poet. students cribbing off each other's papers
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Beyond the sustainable materials, our pros liked its snug fit inside a crib. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2021 Two others died in what experts consider unsafe sleep conditions: Illie was found facedown on a pillow in his crib; Jordan had been placed to sleep on a leather couch. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Dec. 2011 Soon after Ann’s death, Henry, a rather large man, sleeps beside Annette in her crib — a sight to behold, but one that somehow comes off as only a little ridiculous and largely poignant. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 Lucas, who had just returned from a quick trip with girlfriend Shi’Ann Brown to pick up milk, realized the girls were sleeping in their crib in the basement and trapped inside the home on July 17. Washington Post, 31 July 2021 The pic shows one-month-old Kulture dressed in a yellow-and-white crochet onesie, laying on a matching blanket in a white and gold crib. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 July 2021 At some point, the camera recorded Mason yelling at one child before forcefully placing her into a crib located inside of the bedroom where the camera was recording. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 7 Apr. 2021 John, 51, captioned a photo of his newborn son swaddled in a crib. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 18 July 2021 Staring up at him from the rug beside his crib was Baby Anna. Simon Rich, The New Yorker, 8 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It’s filled with great physical humor from Nathan Lane and Lee Evans, who crib their style from classic comedy duos like Laurel & Hardy and Abbott & Costello. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 10 Sep. 2021 To crib a line from Matrix, the work and the hours and the Google spreadsheets go on. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2021 It’s filled with great physical humor from Nathan Lane and Lee Evans, who crib their style from classic comedy duos like Laurel & Hardy and Abbott & Costello. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 7 July 2021 In this holistic approach, the external was inseparable from the internal, and so the beauty industry began to crib from the New Age lexicon, shifting its pitch from warfare to self-care, from concealing imperfections to healing and nourishment. New York Times, 7 May 2021 The museum hopes other institutions will crib its site. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2021 Four of them—New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania—were built using open-source code from the Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) initiative, which is freely available to any government that wants to crib from it to develop its own app. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 2 Oct. 2020 Libraries are inviting students to crib off their signals. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2020 White’s research pedigree may sound like it was cribbed from a mad scientist in a pulp sci-fi novel, but most of his work was done as the leader of NASA’s Advanced Propulsion Physics Lab at Johnson Space Center. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of crib

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for crib

Noun

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

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15 Sep 2021

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“Crib.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crib. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for crib

crib

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crib

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small bed with high sides for a baby

crib

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crib (Entry 2 of 2)

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

crib

noun
\ ˈkrib How to pronounce crib (audio) \

Kids Definition of crib

1 : a small bed frame with high sides for a child
2 : a building or bin for storage corn crib
3 : a long open box for feeding animals

crib

noun
\ ˈkrib How to pronounce crib (audio) \

Medical Definition of crib

1 : a manger for feeding animals
2a : a stall for a stabled animal
b : a small child's bedstead with high enclosing usually slatted sides

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