crib

noun
\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

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

1a : steal, plagiarize

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

Another product the spouses have really gotten great use out of before transitioning their baby girl to her crib is the SNOO Smart Sleeper. Anya Leon, PEOPLE.com, "A Timeless Setup! Peek Inside the Sweet Pink and Gray Nursery for Matt Lanter's Daughter," 13 Mar. 2018 In the Decatur Correctional Center in Illinois, six women and their infants live in a separate unit, which houses typical cells but that also include cribs and changing tables. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Health industry appears unfazed by Trump's drug pricing speech," 14 May 2018 Some have little more than an air mattress in their barren apartments or lack cribs for their babies. Leila Atassi, cleveland.com, "Northeast Ohio heeds the call to action for families devastated by Rainbow Terrace fire: A Greater Cleveland," 18 Apr. 2018 Stroll grounds, explore barn, outhouse, corn crib and gardens. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati events: Fun and free events this weekend," 12 July 2018 Today’s infant sleeps in a bare crib that is just covered with a decorative sheet. Aileen Simons, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The rules of caring for a newborn have changed for the better," 5 July 2018 Some children held hands as they were led out by firefighters while sheriff's deputies rolled out babies in cribs. CBS News, "Deadly California office explosion investigated as a crime," 16 May 2018 Never put cribs, beds, or furniture close to windows. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 For the professional guy who still needs to carry a laptop and documents between his crib and cubicle, there are two sizes of soft zip-top briefcases. Matt Sebra, GQ, "Mansur Gavriel Is Finally Making Bags for Guys," 29 May 2018

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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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

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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crib

noun

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

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 \

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 \

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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