I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cribb; akin to Old High German krippa manger, and perhaps to Greek griphos reed basket Date: before 12th century 1. a manger for feeding animals 2. an enclosure especially of framework: as a. a stall for a stabled animal b. a small child's bedstead with high enclosing usually slatted sides c. any of various devices resembling a crate or framework in structure d. a building for storage ; bin 3. a. a small narrow room or dwelling ; hut, shack b. a room or shack used for prostitution 4. the cards discarded in cribbage for the dealer to use in scoring 5. a. a small theft b. plagiarism c. a literal translation; especially pony 3 d. a summary and key to understanding a literary work e. something used for cheating in an examination 6. creche 1 II. verb (cribbed; cribbing) Date: 1605 transitive verb 1. confine, cramp 2. to provide with or put into a crib; especially to line or support with a framework of timber 3. pilfer, steal; especially plagiarize intransitive verb 1. a. steal, plagiarize b. to use a crib ; cheat 2. to have the vice of cribbing • cribber noun

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  • Crib — • The crib or manger in which the Infant Saviour was laid after his birth is properly that place in the stable or khan where food for domestic animals is put, formed probably of the same material out of which the grotto itself is hewn Catholic… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Crib — (kr[i^]b), n. [AS. crybb; akin to OS. kribbja, D. krib, kribbe, Dan. krybbe, G. krippe, and perh. to MHG. krebe basket, G, korb, and E. rip a sort of wicker basket.] [1913 Webster] 1. A manger or rack; a feeding place for animals. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crib — [krib] n. [ME & OE, ox stall, couch, akin to Ger krippe, Frank * kripja: basic sense “what is woven or plaited, basket” < IE * grebh < base * ger , to wind, turn, weave; senses of “steal,” etc. < thieves slang < orig. sense “to put in …   English World dictionary

  • Crib — Crib, v. i. 1. To crowd together, or to be confined, as in a crib or in narrow accommodations. [R.] [1913 Webster] Who sought to make . . . bishops to crib in a Presbyterian trundle bed. Gauden. [1913 Webster] 2. To make notes for dishonest use… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crib — Crib, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cribbed} (kr[i^]bd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cribbing}.] 1. To shut up or confine in a narrow habitation; to cage; to cramp. [1913 Webster] If only the vital energy be not cribbed or cramped. I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] Now I am …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crib — CRIB, criburi, s.n. Construcţie din lemn, metal etc. care se aşază în albia unui râu pentru a proteja sorbul unei pompe care se alimentează din apa respectivă. – Din germ. Kribbe. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  crib s. n., pl …   Dicționar Român

  • crib — ● crib nom masculin (américain crib, coffre) Cage grillagée haute, étroite et longue, où l on entrepose les épis de maïs pour les laisser sécher …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • crib — O.E. cribbe manger, fodder bin in cowsheds and fields, from a W.Gmc. root (Cf. O.S. kribbia manger; O.Fris., M.Du. kribbe; O.H.G. krippa, Ger. Krippe crib, manger ) probably related to Ger. krebe basket. Meaning child s bed with barred sides is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • crib — index pirate (reproduce without authorization) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • crib — ► NOUN 1) chiefly N. Amer. a child s bed with barred or latticed sides; a cot. 2) a barred rack for animal fodder; a manger. 3) informal a translation of a text for use by students, especially in a surreptitious way. 4) informal, chiefly N. Amer …   English terms dictionary

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