What does crib mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crib, cotnoun

    baby bed with high sides made of slats

  2. pony, trot, cribnoun

    a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly)

  3. cribnoun

    a bin or granary for storing grains

  4. cribnoun

    the cards discarded by players at cribbage

  5. cribbage, cribverb

    a card game (usually for two players) in which each player is dealt six cards and discards one or two

  6. cribverb

    use a crib, as in an exam

  7. cribverb

    take unauthorized (intellectual material)

  8. cribverb

    line with beams or planks

    "crib a construction hole"


  1. cribnoun

    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.

  2. cribnoun

    A bed for a child older than a baby.

  3. cribnoun

    A small sleeping berth in a packet ship or other small vessel

  4. cribnoun

    A wicker basket; compare Moses basket.

  5. cribnoun

    A manger, a feeding trough for animals elevated off the earth or floor, especially one for fodder such as hay.

  6. cribnoun

    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.

  7. cribnoun

    A bin for drying or storing grain, as with a corn crib.

  8. cribnoun

    A small room or covered structure, especially one of rough construction, used for storage or penning animals.

  9. cribnoun

    A confined space, as with a cage or office-cubicle

  10. cribverb

    To place or confine in a crib.

    Zeugmatically, she cribbed the baby and then the corn.

  11. cribverb

    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.

  12. cribverb

    To install timber supports, as with cribbing.

  13. cribverb

    To steal or embezzle, to cheat out of: petty thieving.

    It was very easy, Briggs said, to make a galley-slave of a boy all the half-year, and then score him up idle; and to crib two dinners a-week out of his board, and then score him up greedy; but that wasn't going to be submitted to, he believed, was it? Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, 1848, Chapter 14.

  14. cribverb

    To complain, to grumble

  15. cribnoun

    A job, a position; (British), an appointment.

  16. cribnoun

    A hovel, a roughly constructed building best suited to the shelter of animals but used for human habitation.

  17. cribnoun

    One's residence, or where one normally hangs out.

  18. cribnoun

    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.

  19. cribnoun

    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.

    These cribs are taken from a Google on foobar.

  20. cribnoun

    A minor theft, extortion or embezzlement, with or without criminal intent.

  21. cribnoun

    Short for the card game cribbage.

  22. cribnoun

    The cards discarded by players and used by the dealer.

  23. cribnoun

    A known piece of information corresponding to a section of encrypted text, that is then used to work out the remaining sections.

  24. cribnoun

    A small holiday home, often near a beach and of simple construction.

  25. cribnoun

    A packed lunch taken to work.

  26. Etymology: From cribb, from West. Cognate with Dutch krib, German Krippe. The sense of ‘stealing, taking notes, plagiarize’ seems to have developed out of the verb.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CRIBnoun

    Etymology: crybbe, Sax. crib, German.

    Let a beast be lord of beasts, and his crib shall stand at the king’s messe. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    The steer and lion at one crib shall meet,
    And harmless serpents lick the pilgrim’s feet. Alexander Pope.

    Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smokey cribs,
    Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee,
    Than in the perfum’d chambers of the great? William Shakespeare.

  2. To Cribverb

    To shut up in a narrow habitation; to confine; to cage.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Now I’m cabbin’d, cribb’d, confin’d, bound in
    To saucy doubts and fears. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


  1. crib

    A crib is a bed designed specifically for infants and young toddlers, typically with a barred or latticed framework to prevent the child from falling or climbing out. It is also used to refer to a translation of a text for close study, especially used secretly for cheating in an examination. In a broader context, "crib" can colloquially refer to someone's home or dwelling.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cribnoun

    a manger or rack; a feeding place for animals

  2. Cribnoun

    a stall for oxen or other cattle

  3. Cribnoun

    a small inclosed bedstead or cot for a child

  4. Cribnoun

    a box or bin, or similar wooden structure, for storing grain, salt, etc.; as, a crib for corn or oats

  5. Cribnoun

    a hovel; a hut; a cottage

  6. Cribnoun

    a structure or frame of timber for a foundation, or for supporting a roof, or for lining a shaft

  7. Cribnoun

    a structure of logs to be anchored with stones; -- used for docks, pier, dams, etc

  8. Cribnoun

    a small raft of timber

  9. Cribnoun

    a small theft; anything purloined;; a plagiaris/; hence, a translation or key, etc., to aid a student in preparing or reciting his lessons

  10. Cribnoun

    a miner's luncheon

  11. Cribnoun

    the discarded cards which the dealer can use in scoring points in cribbage

  12. Cribverb

    to shut up or confine in a narrow habitation; to cage; to cramp

  13. Cribverb

    to pilfer or purloin; hence, to steal from an author; to appropriate; to plagiarize; as, to crib a line from Milton

  14. Cribverb

    to crowd together, or to be confined, as in a crib or in narrow accommodations

  15. Cribverb

    to make notes for dishonest use in recitation or examination

  16. Cribverb

    to seize the manger or other solid object with the teeth and draw in wind; -- said of a horse

  17. Etymology: [AS. crybb; akin to OS. kribbja, D. krib, kribbe, Dan. krybbe, G. krippe, and perh. to MHG. krebe basket, G, korb, and E. rip a sort of wicker basket.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crib

    krib, n. the rack or manger of a stable: a stall for oxen: a child's bed; a small cottage or hovel, a confined place: (coll.) a translation of a classic baldly literal, for lazy schoolboys.—v.t. to put away in a crib, confine: to pilfer: to plagiarise:—pr.p. crib′bing; pa.p. cribbed.—n. Crib′-bit′ing, a vicious habit of horses, consisting in biting the manger. [A.S. crib; Ger. krippe.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. crib

    A small berth in a packet.

Rap Dictionary

  1. cribnoun

    Home. Black Ceasar at the crib -- Public Enemy (Burn Hollywood Burn)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crib in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crib in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of crib in a Sentence

  1. Ron Vara:

    Only the Chinese can turn a leather sofa into an acid bath, a baby crib into a lethal weapon, and a cell phone battery into heart-piercing shrapnel.

  2. Clive Staples Lewis:

    Just a hurried line...to tell a story which puts the contrast between *our* feast of the Nativity and all this ghastly Xmas racket at it's lowest. My brother heard a woman on a 'bus say, as the 'bus passed a church with a Crib outside it, Oh Lor' They bring religion into everything. Look- they're dragging it even into Christmas now

  3. Lorena Kaplan:

    I think based on the best data we have now, we are saying no to any kind of soft bedding, including bumpers, should be included in the crib.

  4. Courtney Buchholtz:

    I got up immediately and ran, the whole house shook and I ran and I told my husband, you can hear me, I think in the video, saying, ‘Kale, the window.’ I thought the window had shattered into his crib.

  5. Ivy Cleveland:

    This was the first time in my life that I truly wept to the point of being sick in my body. I just laid over her bed, over her crib that I had prepared for her and looked up at the pictures on the wall and her clothes in her closet and just understanding that this is not happening right now.

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