A sleeping baby in his crib.
- The definition of a crib is a bed for a baby that has slats on the side to keep the baby from falling out or getting out, or is a slang term for a house or apartment.
- The bed where you put your baby that has wooden slats on the side is an example of a crib.
- When you want people to come back to your house, this is an example of a time when you might invite them back to your crib.
- To crib is to copy something without authorization or without giving credit to the original author.
When you copy someone's homework, this is an example of a time when you crib.
- a rack, trough, or box for fodder; manger
- a stall for cattle, oxen, etc.
- a small house or room
- a small bed with high sides, for a baby
- a framework of wooden or metal bars for support or strengthening, as in a mine
- a framework or enclosure as for storing grain
- a structure secured under water, serving as a pier, a water intake, etc.
- a petty theft
- a plagiarism
- notes, a translation of a foreign writing, or other aids used, often dishonestly, in doing schoolwork
- Slang the house, apartment, etc. where a person lives
- Cribbage the cards discarded by the players and forming an extra hand for the dealer, counted for points but not played
Origin of cribMiddle English and OE, ox stall, couch, akin to German krippe, Frankish an unverified form kripja: basic sense “what is woven or plaited, basket” from Indo-European an unverified form grebh- from base an unverified form ger-, to wind, turn, weave; senses of “steal,” and the like from thieves' slang from origin, originally sense “to put in a basket”; cribnoun from biblical application of cribsense
transitive verbcribbed, crib′bing
- to shut up in or as in a crib; confine
- to furnish with a crib or cribs
- to steal
- to plagiarize
- to have the habit of crib biting
- Informal to do schoolwork dishonestly, as by using a crib (noun)
- A bed with high sides for a young child or baby.
- a. A small building, usually with slatted sides, for storing corn.b. A rack or trough for fodder; a manger.c. A stall for cattle.
- A small crude cottage or room.
- Slang One's home.
- A framework to support or strengthen a mine or shaft.
- A wicker basket.
- a. A petty theft.b. Plagiarism.
- a. See pony.b. See cheat sheet.
- Games A set of cards made up from discards by each player in cribbage, used by the dealer.
verbcribbed, crib·bing, cribs
- To confine or cramp.
- To furnish with a crib.
- a. To plagiarize (an idea or answer, for example).b. To steal.
Origin of cribMiddle English manger from Old English cribb
- (US) A baby’s bed (British and Australasian cot) with high, often slatted, often moveable sides, suitable for a child who has outgrown a cradle or bassinet.
- (UK) A bed for a child older than a baby.
- (nautical) A small sleeping berth in a packet ship or other small vessel
- A wicker basket; compare Moses basket.
- A manger, a feeding trough for animals elevated off the earth or floor, especially one for fodder such as hay.
- The baby Jesus and the manger in a creche or Nativity scene, consisting of statues of Mary, Joseph and various other characters such as the magi.
- A bin for drying or storing grain, as with a corn crib.
- A small room or covered structure, especially one of rough construction, used for storage or penning animals.
- A confined space, as with a cage or office-cubicle
- 1893,— Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk”.
- but if I have lost my crib and get nothing in exchange I shall feel what a soft Johnny I have been.
- A hovel, a roughly constructed building best suited to the shelter of animals but used for human habitation.
- (slang) One’s residence, or where one normally hangs out.
- A boxy structure traditionally built of heavy wooden timbers, to support an existing structure from below, as with a mineshaft or a building being raised off its foundation in preparation for being moved; see cribbing.
- (usually in the plural) A collection of quotes or references for use in speaking, for for assembling a written document, or as an aid to a project of some sort; a crib sheet.
- (cribbage) Short for the card game cribbage.
- (cribbage) The cards discarded by players and used by the dealer.
- (cryptography) A known piece of information corresponding to a section of encrypted text, that is then used to work out the remaining sections.
- (New Zealand, southern) A small holiday home, often near a beach and of simple construction.
- (Australia, New Zealand) A packed lunch taken to work.
- (Canada) A small raft made of timber.
(third-person singular simple present cribs, present participle cribbing, simple past and past participle cribbed)
- To place or confine in a crib.
- To shut up or confine in a narrow habitation; to cage; to cramp.
- (intransitive) To collect one or more passages and/or references for use in a speech, written document or as an aid for some task; to create a crib sheet.
- I cribbed the recipe from the Food Network site, but made a few changes of my own.
- (intransitive) To install timber supports, as with cribbing.
- (India) To complain, to grumble
- To crowd together, or to be confined, as if in a crib or in narrow accommodations.
- (intransitive, of a horse) To seize the manger or other solid object with the teeth and draw in wind.
From Middle English crib, cribbe, from Old English crib, cryb, cribb, crybb (“couch, bed; manger, stall”), from Proto-Germanic *kribjǭ (“crib, wickerwork”), from Proto-Indo-European *grebʰ-, *gerbʰ- (“bunch, bundle, tuft, clump”), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to turn, twist”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian creb (“crib”), West Frisian krêbe (“crib”), Dutch krib (“crib, manger”), German Krippe (“rack, crib”), Danish krybbe (“crib”), Icelandic krubba (“crib”). The sense of ‘stealing, taking notes, plagiarize’ seems to have developed out of the verb.