Definition of crib in English:

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Pronunciation: /krɪb/


1chiefly North American A child’s bed with barred or latticed sides; a cot: tiptoeing over to the crib, he looked down at the sleeping child
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  • Normally, the hospital beds for infants are big cribs, but the sides come down so you can examine the baby and take care of them.
  • Hand-me-downs such as cribs, bassinets, strollers, high chairs, and clothes can help save time and money.
  • Shane lay on her sister's couch reading a parenting magazine while Lorna slept in her crib on the other side of the room.
cot, cradle, bassinet, Moses basket, carrycot
1.1A barred container or rack for animal fodder; a manger.
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  • However, with cold weather and narrow, well-ventilated cribs, corn may be stored when grain moisture is several percentage points higher.
  • One summer, about 1952, a local ranch hand and I built a hay crib at the edge of the meadow north of the Keyes house.
  • She shooed away a hen that had wandered too close to the crib.
manger, stall, trough, feeding trough, bin, box, rack, fodder rack, bunker;
container, receptacle
1.2British A model of the Nativity of Christ, with a manger as a bed: a choir was singing carols by a crib
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  • Clay modeller Joe Camilleri is well known for his nativity representations, cribs and bas-reliefs in which he takes great care with details and style, especially in his figurines.
  • Pupils have brought some traditional festive cheer to a small rural village, by repairing nativity figures and a crib.
  • There are 142 stalls with gift items, children's toys, figures for nativity cribs, Christmas decorations, mulled wine, grilled sausages, and gingerbread.
2 informal A translation of a text for use by students, especially in a surreptitious way: an English crib of Caesar’s Gallic Wars
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  • Send me your cribs and I will be eternally grateful.
  • The final English texts are being rendered by 13 Cork-born poets, almost all of them working from cribs, glosses produced by an intermediate translator.
  • Writing about cribs sold to explain the HSC English texts that teachers apparently aren't teaching, Michaels has this to say.
translation, key, guide
2.1A thing that has been plagiarized: is the song a crib from Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’?
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  • Richard Strauss and Mahler largely get dumped, at least as far as musical cribs go, and Bloch gets to fight it out with Debussy alone.
  • In a better movie, such cribs might be considered homages; here, they sully the source.
  • One image is a direct crib from Millais's The rescue and so the slide set must date from after 1855.
copy, plagiarism, plagiarization, reproduction, replica, duplication, imitation
informal pirate, rip-off, knock-off, dupe
3 informal, chiefly North American A person’s apartment or house: you hook up with a girl and take her back to your crib
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  • Mary lives wiv him in a council crib.
  • So what I meant was you should come over to ma crib so we can have us a party dis Friday.
  • If you do decide to travel to Châteauneuf to take in the warm sun and charming wines, don't expect a guided tour of the pope's old crib.
house, flat, apartment, penthouse, cottage, bungalow;
living quarters, quarters, accommodation;
home, residence, abode, place;
Australian  home unit
informal pad
archaic cot
4 [mass noun] short for cribbage. he would play crib with zest
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  • I remember having my ear glued to it as my brothers and sisters played cards - most often euchre and crib.
  • As in regular crib, there is luck in the run of the cards.
  • As we grew older we played cards - five hundred, patience and crib.
4.1 [count noun] The cards discarded by the players at cribbage, counting to the dealer.
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  • Now each player must discard two into the dealer's cribs.
  • Any card combinations in the crib will count for the dealer, so non-dealer will try to throw cards that are unlikely to make valuable combinations.
  • Each player must put exactly two cards into the crib, which will be scored for the dealer.
5 (also cribwork) A heavy timber framework used in foundations for a building or to line a mineshaft.
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  • On the interior, the building was further divided into two cribs made of slats with an open work space in the middle of the building.
6Australian /NZ A light meal; a snack: I was carrying my crib in a paper bag

verb (cribs, cribbing, cribbed)

[with object]
1British informal Copy (another person’s work) illicitly or without acknowledgement: he was doing an exam and didn’t want anybody to crib the answers from him [no object]: he often cribbed from other researchers
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  • Most of the directorial flourishes that do work here are unfortunately cribbed from more successful movies.
  • A 19-year-old Harvard undergraduate who had struck a book deal worth a reputed half-million dollars, came unstuck when it emerged that whole chunks of her debut novel had been cribbed from another writer.
  • I'm almost positive the title was cribbed from Yeats.
copy, reproduce, duplicate, appropriate, plagiarize, poach, steal, ‘borrow’, bootleg
informal pirate, rip off, lift
British informal nick, pinch
archaic monkey
1.1 archaic Steal: a brace of birds and hare, that I cribbed this morning out of a basket of game
2 archaic Restrain: he had been so cabined, cribbed, and confined by office
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  • In fact the Scottish government is cribbed, cabined and confined by Westminster, so that London will indeed be responsible - and blameworthy - for many of the difficulties the Scottish government will encounter in the future.
  • Now she's an object of pity and scandal in Sydney society, and she spills her feelings and facts to another cabined, cribbed and confined captive, her ex-teacher Miss Adie.
3 [no object] British dated or Indian Grumble: those guys have nothing to crib about
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  • I'm going to sit here and complain and whine and crib about how chaotic this world is.
  • All the consumers could do was complain and crib.
  • Come on don't crib… at least I gave you something interesting to read.



Example sentences
  • The aim was to take the sneak and cheat out of the game, for the enjoyment of all, fan and player, but the cribbers did not give the system time to bed in.
  • There are a few things that need to be said before the cribbers begin to gain the centre stage.
  • Of course you will always have the cribber, the player who is so worried about his own place that he will zoom in on the fact that a different training programme is in place for some players.


Old English (in the sense 'manger'), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch krib, kribbe and German Krippe.

Words that rhyme with crib

bib, dib, fib, glib, jib, lib, nib, rib, sib, snib, squib

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