crib·​bing | \ ˈkri-biŋ How to pronounce cribbing (audio) \

Definition of cribbing

1 : material for use in making a crib
2 : a vice of horses in which they grasp a solid object (such as a stall door) with their teeth and gulp air

Examples of cribbing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Firefighters used hydraulic rams and wood cribbing to help free the woman's arm, the fire department said in a Facebook post. Robert Rhoden,, "Woman injured after being pinned between 18-wheelers at Slidell truck stop," 12 Apr. 2018 Inflatable air bags were used along with wooden blocks, known as cribbing, to free the victim after the morning crash in the 2600 block of Virginia Avenue, near the Watergate complex. Washington Post, "6 protesters arrested at Union Station," 21 Jan. 2018 The show, cribbing from recent-enough history to build a narrative of increasingly high dudgeon, is rigorous about its devotion to aesthetic and to its big ideas about culture and society. Daniel D'addario, Time, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace," 11 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cribbing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of cribbing

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cribbing

Dictionary Entries near cribbing



cribbage board



crib biting


Statistics for cribbing

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cribbing

The first known use of cribbing was in 1841

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cribbing


crib·​bing | \ ˈkrib-iŋ How to pronounce cribbing (audio) \

Medical Definition of cribbing

: a habit of horses in which they grasp a solid object (such as a stall door) with their teeth and gulp air

More from Merriam-Webster on cribbing

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with cribbing

Britannica English: Translation of cribbing for Arabic Speakers

Comments on cribbing

What made you want to look up cribbing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a usually brief trip or an expedition

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!