\ 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 These include: Baby food and formula Diapers, wipes, and baby cream Portable crib and baby blankets Infant carrier Bottles, pacifiers, etc. NBC News, "What to have on hand to be ready if a natural disaster strikes," 28 Aug. 2019 Take the juvenile products industry: Child car seats were waved through, but cribs and baby gates stayed on the list. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "Bibles but Not Textbooks: Trump’s Tariff Exemptions Pick Winners and Losers," 22 Aug. 2019 Currently, Abigail is in preschool and Maile is being taken care of by a nanny who has set up a crib in Duckworth’s office. Rebecca Johnson, Vogue, "Senator Tammy Duckworth on the Attack that Took Her Legs—and Having a Baby at 50," 12 Sep. 2018 The post shows a photo in which the young mother climbed into the crib of her infant daughter, Luella, in the hopes of soothing her during a fit of hysterics. Diana Bruk, Redbook, "The Story Behind This Viral Photo of a Mother Sleeping In Her Baby's Crib Sends a Very Important Message," 4 May 2017 My bed is a foot away from where my crib was after my parents brought me home from [Providence] St. Joseph Hospital. Burbank Leader, "Waiting is sometimes the hardest part when tackling cancer," 5 Aug. 2019 The final frame of the short shows Meghan and Harry in their nursery, sitting next to Archie’s crib, while Pooh listens to the Duchess of Sussex read aloud. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Were Given a Beautiful Gift From Disney for Their Son, Archie Harrison," 10 May 2019 Years later, my desk took over the same space my crib had occupied. Burbank Leader, "Waiting is sometimes the hardest part when tackling cancer," 5 Aug. 2019 Due to extreme temperatures, no oxygen, the threat of meteorites, and the constant barrage of radiation from the sun, our lunar crib will have to be built like a castle. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Would a 21st Century Moon Base Look Like?," 21 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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,, "The Man in the Window: Is this the childhood of a serial killer? (Part One)," 22 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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The first known use of crib was before the 12th century

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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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