Pronunciation Noun


  1. (US) A baby’s bed with high, often slatted, often moveable sides, suitable for a child who has outgrown a cradle or bassinet.
    Synonyms: cot (British and Southern Hemisphere)
  2. (British) A bed for a child older than a baby.
    • 1848, Charlotte Brontë, [ Jane Eyre.]
      a day or two afterwards I learned that Miss Temple, on returning to her own room at dawn, had found me laid in the little crib; my face against Helen Burns’s shoulder, my arms round her neck. I was asleep, and Helen was -- dead.
  3. (nautical) A small sleeping berth in a packet ship or other small vessel
  4. A wicker basket; compare Moses basket.
  5. A manger, a feeding trough for animals elevated off the earth or floor, especially one for fodder such as hay.
  6. 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. A bin for drying or storing grain, as with a corn crib.
  8. A small room or covered structure, especially one of rough construction, used for storage or penning animals.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗:
      Proverbs 14:4
      Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
  9. A confined space, as with a cage or office-cubicle
  10. (obsolete) A job, a position; (British), an appointment.
    • 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.
  11. A hovel, a roughly constructed building best suited to the shelter of animals but used for human habitation.
  12. (slang) One’s residence, or where one normally hangs out. A house or dwelling place.
  13. 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.
  14. (usually, in the plural) A collection of quotes or references for use in speaking, for assembling a written document, or as an aid to a project of some sort; a crib sheet.
  15. (obsolete) A minor theft, extortion or embezzlement, with or without criminal intent.
  16. (cribbage) The card game cribbage.
    • 1913 D. H. Lawrence, [ Sons and Lovers].
      “May we play crib, Mrs. Radford?” he asked.
  17. (cribbage) The cards discarded by players and used by the dealer.
    • 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter XI, in Mansfield Park: A Novel. In Three Volumes, volume II, London: Printed for T[homas] Egerton, […], OCLC 39810224 ↗, page 239 ↗:
      The cards were brought and Fanny played at cribbage with her aunt till bed-time; and as Sir Thomas was reading to himself, no sounds were heard in the room for the next two hours beyond the reckonings of the game—And that makes thirty-one, four in hand and eight in crib.
  18. (cryptography) A known piece of information corresponding to a section of encrypted text, that is then used to work out the remaining sections.
  19. (southern New Zealand) A small holiday home, often near a beach and of simple construction.
    Synonyms: bach (northern New Zealand)
  20. (Australia, New Zealand) A packed lunch taken to work.
  21. (Canada) A small raft made of timber.
  22. (UK, obsolete, thieves' cant) The stomach.
  23. (slang) A cheat sheet or past test used by students; crib sheet.
  • French: berceau
  • German: Gitterbett
  • Italian: culla, lettino a sponde alte
  • Portuguese: berço
  • Russian: детский
  • Spanish: cuna
Translations Translations
  • Russian: за́кром
Translations Translations Verb

crib (cribs, present participle cribbing; past and past participle cribbed)

  1. (transitive) To place or confine in a crib.
  2. To shut up or confine in a narrow habitation; to cage; to cramp.
    • I. Taylor
      if only the vital energy be not cribbed or cramped
  3. (transitive) 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.
  4. (transitive, informal) To plagiarize; to copy; to cheat.
  5. (intransitive) To install timber supports, as with cribbing.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To steal or embezzle, to cheat out of.
  7. (Indian English) To complain, to grumble
  8. To crowd together, or to be confined, as if in a crib or in narrow accommodations.
  9. (intransitive, of a horse) To seize the manger or other solid object with the teeth and draw in wind.
  • Russian: спи́сывать
  • Spanish: fusilar

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