crib

1 of 2

noun

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
3
a
: 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
5
a
: 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
6

crib

2 of 2

verb

cribbed; cribbing

transitive verb

1
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

1
b
: to use a crib : cheat
2
: to have the vice of cribbing
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
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Noun
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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Crib.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crib. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

crib

1 of 2 noun
1
: a manger for feeding animals
2
: a small bed frame with high sides for a child
3
: a bin or building for storing grain
4
: the cards discarded in cribbage for the dealer to use in scoring
5
b
: something used for cheating on a test

crib

2 of 2 verb
cribbed; cribbing
1
: to copy (as an idea or piece of writing) and use as one's own : plagiarize
2
: to use a translation or notes dishonestly
cribber noun

Medical Definition

crib

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