\ˈkrib \

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

b : plagiarism

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


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

1a : steal, plagiarize

b : to use a crib : cheat

2 : to have the vice of cribbing

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Other Words from crib


cribber noun

Examples of crib in a Sentence


She cribbed a line or two from her favorite poet. students cribbing off each other's papers

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That crib in the corner of her sunny, dorm-like room was a reminder of her mistakes, but also a source of hope. Allison Ross, The Courier-Journal, "As drug epidemic sweeps Louisville, pregnant moms get help they need," 14 June 2018 In the Ikea ad, if a woman has enough hCG, the page reveals that a black-brown Sundvik crib that costs 995 krona will be on sale for 495 krona. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "Ikea wants pregnant women to pee on an advertisement in a magazine for a discount," 11 Jan. 2018 In this plush nursery of jewelry maven Jodie Snyder Morel's daughter, Margaux, a raw crib from Kalon Studios is accompanied by soft textures like sheepskin rugs and pillows. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "8 Baby Room Ideas For A Sophisticated Nursery," 17 May 2016 The younger boy was placed in his crib but was later observed to be pale with lips turning blue. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Mother accused of leaving son to be abused by boyfriend; infant was severely beaten," 11 July 2018 There was a baby swing, two bright yellow wooden rocking chairs, and five cribs, one holding a sleeping baby. Kaila White, azcentral, "Separated migrant kids younger than 5 held in Phoenix may be reunified Tuesday," 10 July 2018 In addition to the presentations, guests at the event received breakfast and lunch, and some won gift cards and other prizes like car seats, cribs, diapers and other baby products. Ese Olumhense,, "1 baby shower, 5 dozen moms: Local hospital system works to combat deaths of mothers, infants," 6 July 2018 The 12-acre spread includes a lake, a barn, a corn crib, a fire pit and an 11-room farmhouse that dates back to 1905. Mary Colurso,, "Cool Spaces: DIY family embraces 'a lifetime project' at Stillwater Farm," 24 Jan. 2018 Examine all shades and blinds for any exposed cords on the front, side and back of the product, and move beds and cribs away from windows. Cory Stieg, Good Housekeeping, "3-Year-Old Dies After Being Strangled by Window Blind Cord," 2 Dec. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hydrogen-electric truck company Nikola Motor has accused Tesla of cribbing its design for a new semi. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Tesla accused of violating Nikola Motor patents with electric semi truck, sues for $2B," 2 May 2018 My answer to him feels as if it were cribbed from a forward-leaning column by Neil Morgan, the landmark city columnist and Tribune editor. Logan Jenkins,, "What does the future hold for the newspaper you're reading?," 25 June 2018 The pilot contains a wacky museum heist, an audition scene essentially cribbed from Flashdance and myriad hints of Fame. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Pose': TV Review," 22 May 2018 Transformational festivals have become so successful that bigger festivals now crib from them. Andy Hermann, Los Angeles Magazine, "“Transformational” Music Festivals Are Becoming a Year-Round Lifestyle," 31 May 2018 Facebook has also cribbed features from Foursquare, Twitter and Vine. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "Kik Founder Plots a Rebel Alliance Against Facebook's 'Death Star'," 18 May 2018 President Trump's cybersecurity executive order was largely cribbed from the CNAP. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Trump eliminates national cyber-coordinator job, gives Bolton keys to the cybers," 16 May 2018 The show’s first story arc could almost have been cribbed directly from the original series. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Amazon’s Rocky and Bullwinkle brings back an old favorite… but why?," 11 May 2018 Arnold lives on in the identical form of Bernard, whose implanted memories of his son are cribbed from Arnold’s. Scott Tobias, New York Times, "Ready for Season 2 of ‘Westworld’? Here’s What to Remember," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of crib


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


1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for crib


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

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English Language Learners Definition of crib

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



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

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


\ˈkrib \

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


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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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