Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) baby bed with high sides made of slats
  2. (noun, communication) a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly)
  3. (noun, artifact) a bin or granary for storing grains
  4. (noun, act) the cards discarded by players at cribbage
  5. (noun, act) a card game (usually for two players) in which each player is dealt six cards and discards one or two
  6. (verb, social) use a crib, as in an exam
  7. (verb, possession) take unauthorized (intellectual material)
  8. (verb, contact) line with beams or planks

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Synonyms of Crib

cot, cribbage, pony, trot

Origin of the word Crib

  1. O.E. cribbe "manger, fodder bin in cowsheds and fields," from a W.Gmc. root probably related to Ger. krebe "basket." Meaning "child's bed with barred sides" is 1649; probably from frequent use in reference to the manger where infant Jesus was laid. Verb meaning "steal" is 17c. from alternative meaning "a basket," and this is probably source of student slang "plagi… more

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