\ 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

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


cribber noun

Examples of crib in a Sentence


She cribbed a line or two from her favorite poet. students cribbing off each other's papers

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The online shop carries pieces similar to those featured throughout their cozy crib. Metanoya Z. Webb, Essence, "Get An Exclusive Look At What It's Like To Be At Home With BLK MKT Vintage," 8 July 2019 When the perpetrators entered the home, Cantu was there with her 18-month-old son in his crib. Marc Freeman,, "Burglars suffocated a mom while her baby sat in a crib. Murder trial is starting — 28 years later.," 4 June 2019 This crib has been styled against the wall but CPSC standards recommends keeping your crib 3 feet away from any hanging fabric. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "8 Baby Room Ideas For A Sophisticated Nursery," 17 May 2016 There’s the snoo, the crib that performs a function usually executed with human arms by rocking your baby to sleep, and monitors their sleep cycles. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Women Still Do Most of the Housework. Can a Robot Help?," 9 July 2019 The 3,571-square-foot crib went for $9.53 million, according to Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Russian oligarch sells Beach penthouse for $9.53 million," 30 May 2018 In addition to being a beautiful and modern piece, the crib has clear slats to let parents keep a watchful eye on their babes. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "Khloe Kardashian Shares the First Peek at True’s Adorable Nursery," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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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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