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

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 This crib grows with your child; seeing them through from birth to college. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Wayfair offers up to 80% during annual Way Day sale, flash deals on bedding, furniture, appliances," 23 Sep. 2020 Elsie wore a Tim Duncan No. 21 onesie in her crib as an infant. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "For Spurs fans, a much-needed draft lottery primer," 19 Aug. 2020 Such instances may or may not rise to the level requiring evaluation; among those, some or perhaps just one may merit the strangling in the crib of his public life that his critics seem to seek. Jack Butler, National Review, "Madison Cawthorn Is Not a Nazi," 14 Aug. 2020 Downstairs in their Arlington home, his older brother, Scotty, slept alone in a crib-like bed with tubes constantly carrying food directly to his intestine. Dallas News, "After two kids test positive for COVID-19, Arlington family learns to separate while stuck together," 3 Aug. 2020 In his hospital, in the Southern Carpathian mountain town of Sighetu Marmaţiei, Izidor would have been fed by a bottle stuck into his mouth and propped against the bars of a crib. Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, "Can an Unloved Child Learn to Love?," 18 June 2020 The Doctors Hobby-horse competition; stomach vacuuming; mom sees baby ghost in crib; turmeric water benefits. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Betty’ premieres on HBO; Coronavirus," 30 Apr. 2020 This petite elephant sound machine weighs less than a pound and fits comfortably on a dresser or nightstand near your baby’s crib. Popular Science, "Comforting sound machines for babies," 11 Mar. 2020 Her eye for staging is divine, putting a showercap on the scowling granny, having her flop down on a yoga mat or nap in a crib. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Charlene has made her Md. Walmart Internet famous. But what’s in it for her?," 20 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Libraries are inviting students to crib off their signals. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "When ‘back to school’ means a parking lot and the hunt for a WiFi signal," 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, "NASA's EmDrive Leader Has a New Interstellar Project," 8 May 2020 Aalto has been cribbing from his little brother, Hugo, and has 20 e-books. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus closed Bay Area libraries, but digital checkouts are booming," 27 Apr. 2020 Spoiler alert: Heston gives his all to save the world, then dies in a fountain in a posture cribbed directly from Renaissance crucifixion paintings. cleveland, "6 movies about pandemics to watch (or avoid) if you’re stuck at home," 12 Mar. 2020 For the parallels with the reactor explosion in 1986, and the official cover-up that followed, are painful for China’s Communist Party bosses, whose system of government was cribbed from Soviet designs. The Economist, "Chaguan Xi Jinping wants to be both feared and loved by China’s people," 30 Jan. 2020 Rather than develop the attacks on their own, Poison Carp members appear to have cribbed from proof-of-concept exploits posted by white hat researchers. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Inside the campaign that tried to compromise Tibetans’ iOS and Android phones," 25 Sep. 2019 Today, Hobson is best remembered for his 1902 work Imperialism, the major thesis of which was cribbed by Lenin. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, "The World The Economist Made," 17 Dec. 2019 The memo methodically laid out how health sciences staff whittled down the death toll likely attributable to crib bumpers. Anchorage Daily News, "Dozens of infant deaths have been tied to a popular baby product. But regulators are too paralyzed to act.," 24 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of crib was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

26 Sep 2020

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“Crib.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crib. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for crib

crib

noun
How to pronounce crib (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of crib

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US : a small bed with high sides for a baby
: a long open box that holds food for farm animals
informal : 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 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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