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
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

After two days’ coaching, Ms. Clement helped Ms. Langer reschedule feedings and begin leaving Thira alone in her crib long enough to fall asleep on her own. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Exhausted New Parents Turn to Sleep Coaches for Their Babies," 28 Aug. 2018 But even by those high standards, their new baby crib is truly something to behold. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Cardi B Shows Off Her Daughter’s Custom-Made, Gilded Baby Crib," 18 July 2018 Chances are, Magic Johnson is waiting back at his crib with two hands’ worth of championship rings in his safe and a big ol’ smile on his face. David Murphy, Philly.com, "How LeBron James' decision may change Sixers' Star Hunt approach | David Murphy," 2 July 2018 Without seeking medical aid, the mother put the infant back into her crib and went to sleep, according to the report. David Owens, courant.com, "Hartford Parents Charged With Manslaughter In Infant Daughter's Death," 8 June 2018 Regional governor Boris Dubrovsky was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency that the child apparently had been protected by being in a crib and being wrapped warmly. Jim Heintz, The Seattle Times, "Russian baby rescued after nearly 36 hours in frozen rubble," 2 Jan. 2019 The unchecked proliferation of Uber killed the green cabs in the crib. WSJ, "Cabbies Suffer, but Uber Isn’t Slowing Traffic," 16 Aug. 2018 The day care was accused of placing infants and toddlers in cribs as punishment, withholding food for discipline purposes and, on one occasion, force-feeding a child solid food, according to the suspension order. Brad Schmidt, OregonLive.com, "Oregon failed to identify day care owner's checkered past before new allegations," 6 June 2018 The virus can survive for several hours on hard surfaces like tables, doorknobs, and crib rails, the CDC says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Respiratory Syncytial Virus Is the Flu-Like Illness You Haven't Heard About," 3 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Conversely, Blackout doesn't crib much from Fortnite's take on the genre. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Call of Duty battle royale beta: Surprisingly tame, surprisingly solid," 12 Sep. 2018 The designers cribbed the deep green hue from the original laminate used on the countertops pre tear-down. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Paris apartment goes bold with green kitchen," 3 Aug. 2018 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

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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)

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 \

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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