crab
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English crabbe, from Old English crabba; akin to Old High German krebiz crab and perhaps to Old English ceorfan to carve — more at carve Date: before 12th century 1. plural crabs also crab any of numerous chiefly marine broadly built decapod crustaceans: a. any of an infraorder (Brachyura) with a short broad usually flattened carapace, a small abdomen that curls forward beneath the body, short antennae, and the anterior pair of limbs modified as grasping pincers b. any of various crustaceans of an infraorder (Anomura) resembling true crabs in the more or less reduced condition of the abdomen 2. capitalized cancer 1 3. plural infestation with crab lice 4. the angular difference between an aircraft's course and the heading necessary to make that course in the presence of a crosswind II. verb (crabbed; crabbing) Date: 1657 intransitive verb 1. to fish for crabs 2. a. (1) to move sideways indirectly or diagonally (2) to crab an airplane b. to scuttle or scurry sideways transitive verb 1. to cause to move sideways or in an indirect or diagonal manner; specifically to head (an airplane) into a crosswind to counteract drift 2. to subject to crabbing • crabber noun III. noun Etymology: Middle English crabbe, perhaps from crabbe 1crab Date: 14th century crab apple IV. noun Date: 1580 an ill-tempered person ; grouch V. verb (crabbed; crabbing) Etymology: Middle English crabben, probably back-formation from crabbed Date: 1662 transitive verb 1. to make sullen ; sour <
old age has crabbed his nature
>
2. to complain about peevishly 3. spoil, ruin intransitive verb carp, grouse <
always crabs about the weather
>
crabber noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Crab — (kr[a^]b), n. [AS. crabba; akin to D. krab, G. krabbe, krebs, Icel. krabbi, Sw. krabba, Dan. krabbe, and perh. to E. cramp. Cf. {Crawfish}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the brachyuran Crustacea. They are mostly marine, and usually have a broad, short… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crab — crab; crab·bed; crab·bed·ly; crab·bed·ness; crab·bery; crab·bit; crab·eater; crab·man; crab·stick; crab·ber; crab·by; …   English syllables

  • crab — crab1 [krab] n. [ME crabbe < OE crabba < IE base * grebh , *gerebh , to scratch: see GRAPHIC] 1. any of various decapods with four pairs of legs, one pair of pincers, a flattish shell, and a short, broad abdomen folded under its thorax 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Crab — steht für Crab Key, Filmtitel Crab Nebula, astronomisches Gebilde Horseshoe crab, Krebs Seitenwindlandung The Crab Cooker Restaurant in Kalifornien Siehe auch Crab Alley Creek, ein Fluss im US Bundesstaat Maryland Crab Island Crab Orchard Crabb …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • crab — CRAB, crabi, s.m. Nume dat mai multor specii de animale crustacee marine, cu zece picioare, cu abdomenul scurt şi îndoit sub cefalotoracele mare şi turtit; mai cunoscută este o specie din Marea Neagră, cu carnea foarte gustoasă (Carcinus moenas) …   Dicționar Român

  • crab — the crustacean [OE] and crab the apple [14] may be two distinct words. The word for the sea creature has several continental relatives (such as German krebs and Dutch krabbe) which show it to have been of Germanic origin, and some of them, such… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • crab — the crustacean [OE] and crab the apple [14] may be two distinct words. The word for the sea creature has several continental relatives (such as German krebs and Dutch krabbe) which show it to have been of Germanic origin, and some of them, such… …   Word origins

  • Crab — Crab, a. [Prob. from the same root as crab, n.] Sour; rough; austere. [1913 Webster] The crab vintage of the neighb ring coast. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crab — ► NOUN 1) a marine crustacean, some kinds of which are edible, with a broad shell and five pairs of legs, the first of which are modified as pincers. 2) (crabs) informal an infestation of crab lice. ► VERB 1) move sideways or obliquely. 2) fish… …   English terms dictionary

  • crab — [kræb] n [Sense: 1 3; Origin: Old English crabba] [Sense: 4; Date: 1800 1900; Origin: crabbed] 1.) a sea animal with a hard shell, five legs on each side, and two large ↑claws →↑crustacean 2.) [U] the flesh of this animal that you can cook and… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Crab — (kr[a^]b), v. t. 1. To make sour or morose; to embitter. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Sickness sours or crabs our nature. Glanvill. [1913 Webster] 2. To beat with a crabstick. [Obs.] J. Fletcher. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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