WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
crib•bing  (kribing),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Veterinary DiseasesAlso called  crib-biting, wind-sucking. an injurious habit in which a horse bites its manger and as a result swallows air.
  2. [Mining.]
    • Mininga timber lining, closely spaced, as in a shaft or raise.
    • Miningpieces of timber for lining a shaft, raise, etc.
  3. Buildinga system of cribs, as for retaining earth or for a building or the like being moved or having its foundations rebuilt.
  • crib + -ing1 1635–45

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
crib /krɪb/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  cribbed, crib•bing. 
n. [countable]
  1. Furniturea child's bed with enclosed sides.
  2. a box or bin for holding food for animals.
  3. a bin for storing grain, salt, etc.
  4. EducationInformal. a translation or list of correct answers, used dishonestly by students while taking exams:The teacher caught me with a crib for the Latin test.

  1. Informal TermsInformal.
    • [no object] to use a crib, as in an examination.
    • to steal;
      plagiarize: [~ (+ off/from + object)]I'm sure he was cribbing (from my paper), so I changed the answers just before handing them in.[+ object (+ off/from + object)]He cribbed the answers (off me).
crib•ber, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
crib  (krib),USA pronunciation n., v.,  cribbed, crib•bing. 
  1. Furniturea child's bed with enclosed sides.
  2. a stall or pen for cattle.
  3. a rack or manger for fodder, as in a stable or barn.
  4. a bin for storing grain, salt, etc.
  5. Informal Terms
    • a translation, list of correct answers, or other illicit aid used by students while reciting, taking exams, or the like;
    • plagiarism.
    • a petty theft.
  6. Buildinga room, closet, etc., in a factory or the like, in which tools are kept and issued to workers.
  7. a shallow, separate section of a bathing area, reserved for small children.
  8. any confined space.
  9. Slang Termsa house, shop, etc., frequented by thieves or regarded by thieves as a likely place for burglarizing.
  10. Buildingany of various cellular frameworks of logs, squared timbers, or steel or concrete objects of similar form assembled in layers at right angles, often filled with earth and stones and used in the construction of foundations, dams, retaining walls, etc.
  11. Civil Engineeringa barrier projecting part of the way into a river and then upward, acting to reduce the flow of water and as a storage place for logs being floated downstream.
  12. Civil Engineeringa lining for a well or other shaft.
  13. Slang Termsone's home;
  14. Games[Cribbage.]a set of cards made up by equal contributions from each player's hand, and belonging to the dealer.
  15. a cheap, ill-kept brothel.
  16. a wicker basket.
  17. British Termslunch, esp. a cold lunch carried from home to work and eaten by a laborer on the job;

  1. Informal Termsto pilfer or steal, esp. to plagiarize (another's writings or ideas).
  2. to confine in or as if in a crib.
  3. to provide with a crib or cribs.
  4. to line with timber or planking.

  1. Informal Terms
    • to use a crib in examinations, homework, translating, etc.
    • to steal;
  2. (of a horse) to practice cribbing.
  • bef. 1000; Middle English cribbe, Old English crib(b); cognate with Dutch krib, German Krippe; compare crèche

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

crib /krɪb/ n
  1. a child's bed with slatted wooden sides; cot
  2. a cattle stall or pen
  3. a fodder rack or manger
  4. a small crude cottage or room
  5. NZ a weekend cottage: term is South Island usage only
  6. any small confined space
  7. a representation of the manger in which the infant Jesus was laid at birth
  8. informal a theft, esp of another's writing or thoughts
  9. informal chiefly Brit a translation of a foreign text or a list of answers used by students, often illicitly, as an aid in lessons, examinations, etc
  10. short for cribbage
  11. the discard pile

  12. Also called: cribwork a framework of heavy timbers laid in layers at right angles to one another, used in the construction of foundations, mines, etc
vb (cribs, cribbing, cribbed)
  1. (transitive) to put or enclose in or as if in a crib; furnish with a crib
  2. (transitive) informal to steal (another's writings or thoughts)
  3. (intransitive) informal to copy either from a crib or from someone else during a lesson or examination
  4. (intransitive) informal to grumble
Etymology: Old English cribb; related to Old Saxon kribbia, Old High German krippa; compare Middle High German krēbe basket

ˈcribber n

'cribbing' also found in these entries:

Word of the day: rest | whisk


Report an inappropriate ad.