\ 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


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


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 Cleveland Water employees fanned out across the northeast side because it is serviced by a facility with the deepest intake crib and the one that is typically hit the hardest by dead zone water. Tony Briscoe,, "Cleveland residents are used to their water being brown, but they don’t know why. The answer lies at the bottom of Lake Erie.," 14 Nov. 2019 Past sales featured huge discounts on big home items like mattresses and cribs and even gift card rewards with select purchases. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "IKEA's Black Friday Deals Are Going to Be Epic in 2019," 4 Oct. 2019 Over the past decade, readers have sent duffel bags of clothing, cribs and checks to homeless parents. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Inspiring, sobering, infuriating: My 10 years as a columnist," 26 Aug. 2019 Before the baby's born, parents must buy the crib and a car seat. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Don't have a baby in these states if you want a big hospital bill, a lower quality of life," 13 Aug. 2019 The concrete portion of the dam will be removed, leaving an historic timber and crib dam along the northern banks of the brook. Peter Marteka,, "Glastonbury’s Slocomb Dam along Roaring Brook is one of five left along the river. It’ll be removed next summer.," 18 Nov. 2019 The harmful algae bloom slimes fishing boats, paints beaches in toxins and engulfs water intake cribs. Tony Briscoe,, "How algae blooms and dead zones form in Lake Erie," 14 Nov. 2019 His first crib was the drawer of a chest, stuffed with a pillow and a blanket. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Juwan Howard, Michigan basketball and the 'beautiful road' that reunited them," 3 Nov. 2019 Meet Cole and Tinn, accidental twins: The goblin Kull was supposed to switch them as newborns but was interrupted, causing him to panic and leave two babies, one human and one changeling, in one crib. oregonlive, "8 books to help you get into the spirit of the Halloween season," 20 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Judy Garland's life story is so notorious that author Jacqueline Susann cribbed it and former child star Lindsay Lohan relived it. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Rise of the Feminist Musical Drama: 'Judy' and Other Films Spotlight Talent Over Romance," 15 Nov. 2019 Songs start life as memes on TikTok; fans do their video-clip riffing and spread it wide, and in a matter of weeks or even days a track cribbed off a YouTube beat page can become the biggest single on Earth. August Brown,, "Blueface takes a slower approach to staying in circulation," 29 July 2019 Songs start life as memes on TikTok; fans do their video-clip riffing and spread it wide, and in a matter of weeks or even days a track cribbed off a YouTube beat page can become the biggest single on Earth. Los Angeles Times, "One-hit wonder or second act? Rap phenom Blueface says, ‘I ain’t going nowhere’," 23 July 2019 That word rings bells for anyone who watched Lost, and Snowpiercer cribbing it so explicitly is your first clue that the show is drawing not just on its own previous iterations, but other genre properties as well. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Snowpiercer Trains an Eye on TV—and Its Genre DNA Runs Deep," 21 July 2019 And the party is cribbing from the same playbook Democrats used in the midterms, where candidates distanced themselves from the national party and sunk into messaging on health care. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, "On the airwaves, NC special election sounds a lot like 2018," 9 Sep. 2019 Instead of citrus-bright seafood salads and smooth curries cribbed from Bangkok’s once Michelin-starred Nahm, Langbaan’s dishes are developed by a team of highly trained, mostly non-Thai cooks, led by chef de cuisine Brandon Hirahara. Michael Russell,, "Langbaan serves Thai-inspired tasting menus in a hidden room behind Portland’s PaaDee (2019 review)," 1 Aug. 2019 From the dark humor to the game design, The Outer Worlds is cribbing shamelessly from that post-apocalyptic classic, but setting the whole thing in space. Matthew Gault, Time, "The 10 Video Games We Can't Wait to Play This Fall," 26 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of crib


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


1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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6 Dec 2019

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“Crib.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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



English Language Learners Definition of crib (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ 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


\ 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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