Definition of crib in English:


nounPlural cribs

  • 1North American A child's bed with barred or latticed sides; a cot.

    ‘tiptoeing over to the crib, he looked down at the sleeping child’
    • ‘Babies can fall from their cribs if the side rails are not at the right level in relationship to the mattress surface.’
    • ‘One mother added a twin bed next to her queen-size bed; another moved a crib next to her bed and removed the side rail.’
    • ‘She was completely out of the covers and stuck between the sides of the crib.’
    • ‘He crawled around the crib, following the sides, one two three four and back again.’
    • ‘The decision to use a crib or a bassinet is one that many parents often wrestle with.’
    • ‘They're up and down, up and down, all night, waking up every three hours and standing at the side of the crib and screaming and acting like they can't get back down again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Shane lay on her sister's couch reading a parenting magazine while Lorna slept in her crib on the other side of the room.’
    • ‘She leaned over the sides of the crib, trying to see something in the clear blue eyes of the infant.’
    • ‘Thus, canvas seating furniture was popular, as were caned chairs, sofas, cribs, and beds.’
    • ‘Hand-me-downs such as cribs, bassinets, strollers, high chairs, and clothes can help save time and money.’
    • ‘Wind up the mobile, hang it to the side of the crib instead of directly overhead, and Baby will turn his head to the side while he dozes off.’
    • ‘It was wonderful, deep mahogany, with an amber shine flowing up the sides of the crib, revealing a soft down mattress through the circular, smooth bars.’
    • ‘There stood two boys, one in red and one in blue, on either side leaning over a crib.’
    • ‘The room is also large enough to allow for a crib or a cot if a couple with a child is staying over.’
    • ‘Double drop down sided cribs are a popular option among those parents who have room to place the crib so it's not against the wall.’
    • ‘Kelly's blanket was over the rocking chair in the corner where I had put it and another blanket was draped in a similar fashion over the side of the crib where my mother had put it.’
    • ‘Angel walked over to the other side of the crib and looked down at the baby.’
    • ‘Paul was whimpering, his hands clenching the sides of his wooden crib.’
    • ‘We had a little twin bed up against one wall, our bed against another, and a bassinet right next to it, as well as a crib next to the twin bed, and that's not mentioning the dresser.’
    cot, cradle, bassinet, moses basket, carrycot
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    1. 1.1 A barred container or rack for animal fodder; a manger.
      • ‘When I saw one of these cages it reminded me of a large steel crib.’
      • ‘She shooed away a hen that had wandered too close to the crib.’
      • ‘However, with cold weather and narrow, well-ventilated cribs, corn may be stored when grain moisture is several percentage points higher.’
      • ‘When they came up to the farmyard for Dad to shovel the corn out of the wagon into the crib, the girls came to the house to get warm.’
      • ‘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.’
      manger, stall, trough, feeding trough, bin, box, rack, fodder rack, bunker
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    2. 1.2British A model of the Nativity of Christ, with a manger as a bed.
      ‘a choir was singing carols by a crib’
      • ‘It's heart-warming to see a number of cribs displayed in local windows to carry on a tradition stretching back down the decades.’
      • ‘A whole district of the old town continues to be devoted to making cribs - tiny animals, glittering wise men and pink infant Christs.’
      • ‘Pupils have brought some traditional festive cheer to a small rural village, by repairing nativity figures and a crib.’
      • ‘Over this coming week, millions all over Europe will crowd into churches for the carols, the cribs and the celebration of the birth of a baby to a single, probably teenage, mum a couple of thousand years ago.’
      • ‘Items on show include: Tables, mirrors and a nativity crib.’
      • ‘There are 142 stalls with gift items, children's toys, figures for nativity cribs, Christmas decorations, mulled wine, grilled sausages, and gingerbread.’
      • ‘At Christmas, the town was dismayed when a nativity crib was stolen from a pensioner's garden.’
      • ‘A live animal crib, which will remain open at the Mansion House in Dublin until Christmas Eve, is attracting a lot of public attention.’
      • ‘The animals will be in the crib up until Christmas Eve and will be cared for by agricultural and veterinary students from University College Dublin.’
      • ‘The knelt down by his crib, and started worshipping Him.’
      • ‘Children especially love visiting the crib on Christmas Eve.’
      • ‘This is the ninth year of the nativity crib which will be open to the public from 10 pm to 6pm daily until December 23.’
      • ‘It doesn't make sense without a baby, and the Christmas crib has no meaning without the Christ child.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The IFA Live Animal Crib is based on a similar crib, which has been a feature of Christmas in the Grande Place in Brussels for many years.’
      • ‘Burned figures from a Christmas crib are being painstakingly restored in the hope that they can take their rightful place at the centre of the festive celebrations.’
      • ‘There was a blessing of a beautiful crib with carol singing.’
      • ‘Christmas tree decor and cribs are much in demand.’
      • ‘A Christmas crib with figures made from hessian was also a great attraction.’
      • ‘The Crib Service, in which the model of the baby Jesus is placed into his crib by a lucky child volunteer, attracts children from across the city every year.’
  • 2informal A translation of a text for use by students, especially in a surreptitious way.

    ‘an English crib of Caesar's Gallic Wars’
    • ‘These days students and teachers alike have such a wealth of cribs available to them, on the Internet, that just who is plagiarising what from whom has become virtually impossible to detect.’
    • ‘Now, we know that all the usual suspects have been hitting the airwaves on this one, with the crib notes in hand.’
    • ‘Writing about cribs sold to explain the HSC English texts that teachers apparently aren't teaching, Michaels has this to say.’
    • ‘Your hands will be shaking and they'll all be able to tell because you'll be holding your crib sheet.’
    • ‘There was no cheating (not like Richard Keith and his CNPS crib book).’
    • ‘As I said at the beginning, it seems to me an intelligent crib for a novice teacher in creative writing, a short-cut to hone in onto necessary aspects in the teaching process.’
    • ‘It's the crib sheet for all journalists working in Africa, allowing us to seem like experts at the first hint of a coup.’
    • ‘What should we make of the role of the crib sheets, in which the obscured texts are revealed?’
    • ‘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.’
    translation, key, guide
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    1. 2.1 A thing that has been plagiarized.
      ‘is the song a crib from Mozart's ‘Don Giovanni’?’
      • ‘One image is a direct crib from Millais's The rescue and so the slide set must date from after 1855.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Like sophomore literature students, they want the movie to be a faithful crib of the book.’
      • ‘In a better movie, such cribs might be considered homages; here, they sully the source.’
      copy, plagiarism, plagiarization, reproduction, replica, duplication, imitation
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  • 3North American informal A person's apartment or house.

    ‘there's a chance you might not get back to your crib tonight’
    • ‘For a modest fee, Sharon will stop by your crib to tell you all about your past lives, contact a few lost loved ones on your behalf and take a peek in to what your future holds in store.’
    • ‘After bragging about being at Ozzy's crib I asked Blag why he was walking around Hollywood.’
    • ‘Mary lives wiv him in a council crib.’
    • ‘A shiver sped up my spine as we pulled up to Greg's crib.’
    • ‘Jay-Z is about to purchase a 4000 square foot pimped crib for a mere $6.9 million.’
    • ‘Instead of the Quick-E-Mart, head over to your man's crib.’
    • ‘Back at the crib it's a different story - the action is all on the street.’
    • ‘Mental note, never visit Troy Hudson's crib in Orlando.’
    • ‘We will then walk past the envious eyes of the city to my crib, where we will get down all night long.’
    • ‘‘I can't believe ya locked me outta ma own crib,’ Evan said, closing the door behind himself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Does it literally transform your crib into the subzero lava lounge you always wanted it to be?’
    • ‘He had this fly crib and this crazy setup where you just pressed a button and all this great music started playing.’
    • ‘Following an afternoon spent smoking dope in the office, the crew of three heads over to the writer's crib and dangles him off his balcony.’
    • ‘An entirely free public service, all you need to do is call her up and Geneviève will happily stop by to scope out your crib and offer suggestions on how you can better safeguard your digs from thieves.’
    house, flat, apartment, penthouse, cottage, bungalow
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  • 4

    ‘he would play crib with zest’
    short for cribbage
    • ‘I remember having my ear glued to it as my brothers and sisters played cards - most often euchre and crib.’
    • ‘As we grew older we played cards - five hundred, patience and crib.’
    • ‘On my way home, I bumped into Dave and Alison, who had been out playing crib and generally leading life on the edge.’
    • ‘As in regular crib, there is luck in the run of the cards.’
    • ‘They enjoyed spending time going on their car rides to their favorite pie and coffee place, and would return home for a game of crib.’
    1. 4.1count noun The cards discarded by the players at cribbage, counting to the dealer.
      • ‘Each player must put exactly two cards into the crib, which will be scored for the dealer.’
      • ‘On two of their turns, they must put a card face down into the crib instead of playing it to the layout.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, the dealer cannot win by the cards found in his or her crib.’
      • ‘Now each player must discard two into the dealer's cribs.’
  • 5A heavy timber framework used in foundations for a building or to line a mineshaft.

    • ‘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’

verbcribbed, cribbing, cribs

[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’
    • ‘The latest piece of news on that website was from November 2003, that they had cribbed from the Guardian.’
    • ‘He also cribs jokes from other well-known comedies.’
    • ‘Most of the directorial flourishes that do work here are unfortunately cribbed from more successful movies.’
    • ‘Well, actually, he didn't create it - he cribbed it from a paper describing the hyperinflation of Weimar Germany.’
    • ‘The headline, which I cribbed from Jeff, has been corrected.’
    • ‘Also consider: many of the things we think of as the ‘artistic’ aspects of games are cribbed from other genres.’
    • ‘I'm guessing the $23 billion figure was cribbed from a White House ‘fact’ sheet.’
    • ‘Even the design cribs liberally from other publications.’
    • ‘By the way, I have a sneaking suspicion that a certain columnist on the Express cribs from the Blog.’
    • ‘Only Nick actually did a lot of reporting - as opposed to cribbing his column from the work of a promising young opinion journalist.’
    • ‘I don't think he's on the Internet but I have this theory which I cribbed from Peter Pan that if we all send out good thoughts, somehow they'll get to him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Exam cheats at Scottish schools are facing a crackdown involving anti-plagiarism software and training for teachers on how to spot essays cribbed from the internet.’
    • ‘The film has the same problem, liberally cribbing its plot, characters and atmosphere from any number of superior thrillers.’
    • ‘The recycling feature that plagues the graphics and sound also plague the gameplay, considering that most of the style moves are virtually cribbed from the original title.’
    • ‘It's just one big list of long discredited arguments cribbed from creationist pamphlets by someone who clearly doesn't have a clue.’
    • ‘I'm almost positive the title was cribbed from Yeats.’
    • ‘There are references made to both of those movies, both in the form of sly sight gags and in scenes almost directly cribbed from them.’
    • ‘He cribs liberally from Stephen Covey, the author of the bestselling business guide Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.’
    • ‘And so, to distract from this pointless scepticism, I mention something cribbed from the Guardian.’
    copy, reproduce, duplicate, appropriate, plagiarize, poach, steal, bootleg
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    1. 1.1archaic Steal.
      ‘a brace of birds and hare, that I cribbed this morning out of a basket of game’
      purloin, thieve, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, run off with, appropriate, abstract, carry off, shoplift
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  • 2archaic Restrain.

    ‘he had been so cabined, cribbed, and confined by office’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3British Indian dated no object Grumble.

    ‘those guys have nothing to crib about’
    • ‘I'm going to sit here and complain and whine and crib about how chaotic this world is.’
    • ‘Meet any software professional from even the most reputed firms and all they do is crib.’
    • ‘If anyone is gonna crib again saying that the faulty rules have enabled an undeserving team to reach the semis, let us take stock of the situation.’
    • ‘All the consumers could do was complain and crib.’
    • ‘Come on don't crib… at least I gave you something interesting to read.’
    grumble, complain, moan, groan, protest, whine, bleat, carp, cavil, lodge a complaint, make a complaint, make a fuss
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Old English (in the sense ‘manger’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch krib, kribbe and German Krippe.