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crib

noun \ ˈkrib \

Definition of crib

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 3
d :a summary and key to understanding a literary work
e :something used for cheating in an examination
6 :crèche 1

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Origin and Etymology of 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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crib

verb

Definition of crib

cribbed; cribbing
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

cribber

noun

Examples of crib in a Sentence

  1. She cribbed a line or two from her favorite poet.

  2. students cribbing off each other's papers

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First Known Use of crib

1605


CRIB Defined for English Language Learners

crib

noun

Definition of crib for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of crib for English Language Learners

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


CRIB Defined for Kids

crib

noun \ ˈkrib \

Definition of crib for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

crib

noun \ ˈkrib \

medical Definition of crib

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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