There are 3 definitions of crab in English:

crab1

Syllabification: crab
Pronunciation: /krab
 
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noun

  • 1A crustacean with a broad carapace, stalked eyes, and five pairs of legs, the first pair of which are modified as pincers. Crabs are abundant on many shores, especially in the tropics, where some have become adapted to life on land.
    • Many families in the order Decapoda, class Malacostraca
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    • Without warning the stalks supporting the crab's beady black eyes shoot straight up at me.
    • The torch picked out a tiny red hermit crab as it climbed laboriously across the top of a sponge.
    • Scientists found male fiddler crabs often aid their neighbors when intruders threaten to move in.
  • 1.1The flesh of a crab as food.
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    • He reported that freshwater crab was a popular food among many tribes of northeastern region.
    • Esther is with Betsy when she gets food poisoning from eating crab.
    • The seasoning was an Old Bay seasoning which, I believe, usually goes with crab and other sea food.
  • 1.2 (the Crab) The zodiacal sign or constellation Cancer.
  • 2 (also crab louse) A louse that infests human body hair, especially in the genital region, causing extreme irritation. Also called pubic louse.
    • Phthirus pubis, family Pediculidae, order Anoplura
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    • The third species is the pubic louse, Phthirus pubis, commonly known as the crab louse.
    • People can be infested with three types of lice: body lice, head lice and crab or pubic lice.
    • I believe the first use of pubic wigs was in ancient Egypt as the only cure that they had at the time for crabs.
  • 2.1 (crabs) informal An infestation of crab lice.
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    • So I get pregnant and get the crabs to boot.
    • Three weeks later, he had a healthy dose of crabs.
    • I never had one girl come down with an STD, not even crabs.
  • 3A machine for picking up and lifting heavy weights.

verb (crabs, crabbing, crabbed)

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  • 1 [no object] Move sideways or obliquely: he began crabbing sideways across the roof
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    • I tried to escape, crabbing sideways in an effort to crawl away.
    • Each time the aircraft is forced to crab into the wind the groundspeed is reduced.
    • We set out to stage 6 with a car that was crabbing badly.
  • 1.1 [with object] Steer (an aircraft or ship) slightly sideways to compensate for a crosswind or current.
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    • At low speed, this system will let you crab the boat completely sideways.
    • As opposed to crabbing into the wind on final, use aileron to lean the aircraft into the wind.
    • I had to crab north and east to stay near the north road and to keep from being blown into the desert to the west.
  • 2 [no object] Fish for crabs.
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    • They used to go duck hunting and crabbing and fishing and that's how they survived and raised all the family.
    • We went fishing, crabbing, and looked for the occasional pigeon and bat.
    • We spent many happy days fishing and crabbing there.

Phrases

catch a crab

Rowing Make a faulty stroke in which the oar is under water too long or misses the water altogether.
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  • Just strokes before the line, Great Britain's second crew caught a crab which slowed them down to a crawl.
  • With less than 100 metres to go Great Britain had a slight lead in the first of two repechages when bow, Alison Mowbray, caught a crab.
  • In a very unusual display at this level of rowing, Kucharski caught a crab with 200 metres to go pushing them further back.

Derivatives

crabber

noun
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  • A crabber from the Isle of Mann has landed a lorry load of live crabs for distribution to the UK.
  • These untended traps and the ‘ghost fishing’ they produce cost commercial crabbers considerable potential income.
  • Even hard-working crabbers lose the devices regularly.

crablike

adjective & adverb
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  • Now his frail hand moved across it with crablike speed.
  • For two decades, his career movements were crablike, sidewise.
  • The scorpion is crablike in appearance and has claw-like pinchers.

Origin

Old English crabba, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch krabbe, and more distantly to Dutch kreeft and German Krebs; also to crab3.

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There are 3 definitions of crab in English:

crab2

Syllabification: crab
Pronunciation: /
 
krab/

noun

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There are 3 definitions of crab in English:

crab3

Syllabification: crab
Pronunciation: /
 
krab/

noun

informal
  • An irritable person.
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    • I snickered, and asked, ‘Did you at least manage to blast that old crab into smithereens?’
    • The girl started scuttling backward, mindful of the fact that she probably looked like a crusty old crab.

verb (crabs, crabbing, crabbed)

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  • 1 [no object] Grumble, typically about something petty: on picnics, I would crab about sand in my food
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    • The city is crabbing today about clock management, and there was an onside kick late in the game.
    • I have chattering and squealing, screeching and cooing, crabbing and carping.
    • The President crabbed about the leak in his Monday press conference.
  • 2 [with object] Act so as to spoil: you’re trying to crab my act

Origin

late 16th century (referring to hawks, meaning 'claw or fight each other'): from Low German krabben; related to crab1.

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