Definition of cribbage in English:



mass noun
  • A card game, usually for two players, in which the objective is to play so that the pip value of one's cards played reaches exactly 15 or 31.

    • ‘You can win at cribbage more often than at most card game solitaires; but solitaire cribbage invokes more skill than other solitaires.’
    • ‘Shouldn't they be in a ‘community’ somewhere playing cribbage and sharing ear hair stories?’
    • ‘Double Cribbage is four player cribbage with fixed partnerships; five cards each are dealt, one being discarded to the dealer's box.’
    • ‘Weekly programs include exercise classes, mall walking, noon meals, choir and orchestra practices, harmonica band practice, bridge, whist, cribbage and table games.’
    • ‘And for Axelson, that means a lot more scrabble, cribbage, cards in the van, more soccer and football at gas stops, and, thankfully, not much Dora the Explorer or diaper changing.’
    • ‘Playing cards and cribbage, they cozy up around a neighborhood tavern and while away the winter, or soak in some of the hot springs along the coast.’
    • ‘I gave her a kiss on the cheek and she stunned me with a request that we play cribbage later, she normally hated card games and it was almost like coming home to a completely different person.’
    • ‘The person to the left of the caller starts the play, which is played and pegged as in normal cribbage.’
    • ‘In fact Luke wrote two books on the probabilities of winning at the card game of cribbage.’
    • ‘They stay up late, talking and playing cribbage.’
    • ‘Friends yesterday described him as a ‘straightforward family man’, a father-of-three who enjoyed playing weekly cribbage at his local pub.’
    • ‘If you enjoy a good espionage novel, possess a keen sense of irony, love Monopoly, Scrabble, backgammon, cribbage, and chess, send message to my PO box.’
    • ‘Tuesday: fresh meat and cribbage at the activity center.’
    • ‘After a consideration of jacks and cribbage, the old man decides the two can play a board game with Confederate and Union soldiers.’
    • ‘Older people often enjoy bingo and cribbage (a card game).’
    • ‘In a town where the Saturday night entertainment was playing community cribbage, my Tarot cards caused quite a ruckus.’
    • ‘Play is the same as traditional cribbage [so each player discards two cards to make another crib for the dealer].’
    • ‘We love to roll dice and move pieces around a board, plot battleship strategies, play cribbage, chess, and mancala.’
    • ‘We would fall asleep listening to my grandparents sitting at the table playing cards or cribbage.’
    • ‘For the less exercise-driven Alice Springs also provides for the eight ballers, darts players, those who shuffle cards, be it cribbage or bridge, and for those who engage their intellect in chess.’


Mid 17th century: related to crib; the game is said to have been invented by the English poet Sir John Suckling; it seems to have been developed from an older game called Noddy.