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

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

The inside of the hut comes equipped with portable cribs, high chairs and potty seats for those getting their kids hooked on hut trips at an early age. Ryan Wichelns, The Know, "The best hut trips in Colorado for summertime adventures," 18 July 2019 The Lunchbox Fund will now be able to provide 100,000 more meals to children in South Africa, and Baby2Baby received more than 5,000 baby items, including cribs, diapers, and books. Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Getting Baby Gifts From Around the World," 16 Apr. 2019 For safe sleep, babies should be put to bed on their backs, on a firm surface, in a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet and nothing else. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper "Recall"," 9 Apr. 2019 That is why pediatricians recommend safe sleep for all children — in their own crib with a well-fitting mattress and no blankets, pillows or toys. Warren Alperstein, M.d., And Judy Schaechter, M.d., miamiherald, "Pediatric cancer: warning signs and symptoms," 18 Apr. 2018 The baby industry has recently been flooded with connected products, including connected onesies that double as sleep trackers and a robotic crib that's supposed to help rock a baby to sleep. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "Pampers is making a 'smart' diaper. Yes, really," 19 July 2019 Shortly after he was born, Plant was taken home from the hospital and placed in a drawer because his parents didn’t own a crib. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Caleb Plant fights for his late mother and daughter as he forges path as world champion," 18 July 2019 The Snoo Smart Sleeper is a high-tech crib that claims to increase an infant’s nightly sleep as much as two hours (and extra sleep for the little one means extra sleep for everyone within earshot). Tara Paniogue, latimes.com, "Stylish life hacks for new parents," 11 July 2019 That photo received some concerned tweets from fans replying with criticism for the way the baby was wrapped up in the crib. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Kim Kardashian shares adorable first close-up photo of son Psalm," 10 June 2019

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Line’s Mini App platform is another new product that cribs from Google’s notes while possibly making a lot of sense for Japan. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Line announces social credit scores, a Google Duplex competitor, and much more," 27 June 2019 In fact, seems have been cribbed from Les Miserable, which is a book about early 19th century France, not America. Nr Staff, National Review, "The Ungrateful among Us," 19 July 2019 Much of this fresh content could be cribbed from the more contemporary Model 3 according to speculation in a report by CNBC. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "The Updated Tesla Model S Could Crib Model 3 Content," 29 May 2019 Just knowing Joe planned to crib answers from her test was cause to move to a desk away from him. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: Is this the childhood of a serial killer? (Part One)," 22 June 2019 In the passage between 15th and 16th Streets, Earthbound humans can walk among to-scale renderings of the moon and our planet, inspiration for which Jeffers cribbed from a 1968 photo from Apollo 8. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "On the High Line, Oliver Jeffers Wants You to Know What It’s Like to See Earth from the Moon," 24 Jan. 2019 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

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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 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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