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

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 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, chicagotribune.com, "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, courant.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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 The story of the incident, cribbed from an Instagram post Harrington sent to her 182,000 followers on Monday, has been swirling around the internet all week, picked up in mainstream outlets such as CNN, NBC and People.com. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Yosemite climber reflects on brutal fall that put her in the hospital," 29 Nov. 2019 The memo methodically laid out how health sciences staff whittled down the death toll likely attributable to crib bumpers. Anchorage Daily News, "Dozens of infant deaths have been tied to a popular baby product. But regulators are too paralyzed to act.," 24 Nov. 2019 The memo methodically laid out how health sciences staff whittled down the death toll likely attributable to crib bumpers. Washington Post, "Dozens of infant deaths have been tied to a popular baby product. But regulators are too paralyzed to act.," 23 Nov. 2019 If you're stumped for names for your baby boy or baby girl, see if any of these names cribbed from the Royals have any appeal. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Royal Baby Names Are the Perfect Blend of Trendy and Timeless," 12 Nov. 2019 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, chicagotribune.com, "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

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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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The first known use of crib was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Crib.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cribs. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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crib

noun
How to pronounce crib (audio)

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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