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

Sure, we were blessed with stylish arrival photos and what seemed to be a crib delivered to the hotel, but aside from those little tidbits, it’s been kept completely under wraps. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's "Suits" Co-Star Opened up About Her Baby Shower," 4 Mar. 2019 As a crib to some of the world’s oldest civilizations, Yemen played an imperative role in the accession of empires and economies, beginning around 1000 BC. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Archaeologists fear biblical artifacts, monuments won't survive Yemen war," 9 Aug. 2018 Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to ensure that a crib has not been recalled for any reason. Rebeca Kimsey Markovich, M.d., miamiherald, "Tips for keeping babies safe while they're sleeping," 2 July 2018 According to the plan, he was supposed to be in the crib for an hour and a half. Lindsey Benoit O’connell, Good Housekeeping, "I Hired a Baby Sleep Coach, But It Turns Out I Was The One Who Needed Training," 3 May 2019 And sure enough, within seconds, Olivia somehow hoists herself herself over the crib and shimmies down to the ground. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Quintuplet Parents Struggle to Contain Their 'Little Escape Artist' as She Climbs Out of Crib," 10 July 2018 Expensive crib and sheet sets will only serve to frustrate a mother who is trying to stay on top of her household chores. Naomi Williamson, Woman's Day, "10 Things Never to Buy a New Mom," 23 July 2014 Little children holding hands and others being pushed in rolling cribs were led by firefighters to a Target parking lot to be united with parents. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Cause of deadly explosion at California building remains unclear, officials say," 17 May 2018 Simple, machine-washable bedding is best for cribs. Naomi Williamson, Woman's Day, "10 Things Never to Buy a New Mom," 23 July 2014

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 My answer to him feels as if it were cribbed from a forward-leaning column by Neil Morgan, the landmark city columnist and Tribune editor. Logan Jenkins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "What does the future hold for the newspaper you're reading?," 25 June 2018 The pilot contains a wacky museum heist, an audition scene essentially cribbed from Flashdance and myriad hints of Fame. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Pose': TV Review," 22 May 2018 Transformational festivals have become so successful that bigger festivals now crib from them. Andy Hermann, Los Angeles Magazine, "“Transformational” Music Festivals Are Becoming a Year-Round Lifestyle," 31 May 2018 Facebook has also cribbed features from Foursquare, Twitter and Vine. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "Kik Founder Plots a Rebel Alliance Against Facebook's 'Death Star'," 18 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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