Crib



[krib] /krɪb/

noun
1.
a 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.

6.
a 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. a house, shop, etc., frequented by thieves or regarded by thieves as a likely place for burglarizing.
10.
Building Trades, Civil Engineering. any 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.
a 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.
a lining for a well or other shaft.
13.
Slang. one’s home; pad.
14.
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, Australian. lunch, especially a cold lunch carried from home to work and eaten by a laborer on the job; snack.
verb (used with object), cribbed, cribbing.
18.
Informal. to pilfer or steal, especially to plagiarize (another’s writings or ideas).
19.
to confine in or as if in a crib.
20.
to provide with a crib or cribs.
21.
to line with timber or planking.
verb (used without object), cribbed, cribbing.
22.
Informal.

23.
(of a horse) to practice cribbing.
/krɪb/
noun
1.
a child’s bed with slatted wooden sides; cot
2.
a cattle stall or pen
3.
a fodder rack or manger
4.
a bin or granary for storing grain, etc
5.
a small crude cottage or room
6.
(US, informal) a house or residence
7.
(NZ) a weekend cottage: term is South Island usage only
8.
any small confined space
9.
(informal) a brothel
10.
a wicker basket
11.
a representation of the manger in which the infant Jesus was laid at birth
12.
(informal) a theft, esp of another’s writing or thoughts
13.
(informal, mainly Brit) Also called (esp US) pony. a translation of a foreign text or a list of answers used by students, often illicitly, as an aid in lessons, examinations, etc
14.
short for cribbage
15.
(cribbage) the discard pile
16.
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
17.
a storage area for floating logs contained by booms
18.
(Austral & NZ) a packed lunch taken to work
verb cribs, cribbing, cribbed
19.
(transitive) to put or enclose in or as if in a crib; furnish with a crib
20.
(transitive) (informal) to steal (another’s writings or thoughts)
21.
(intransitive) (informal) to copy either from a crib or from someone else during a lesson or examination
22.
(transitive) to line (a construction hole) with timber beams, logs, or planks
23.
(intransitive) (informal) to grumble
noun

See cheat sheet

See crib sheet
n.

Old English cribbe “manger, fodder bin in cowsheds and fields,” from a West Germanic root (cf. Old Saxon kribbia “manger;” Old Frisian and Middle Dutch kribbe; Old High German krippa, German Krippe “crib, manger”) probably related to German krebe “basket.” Meaning “child’s bed with barred sides” is 1640s; probably from frequent use in reference to the manger where infant Jesus was laid. Thieves’ slang for “dwelling house” dates to at least 1812, but late 20c. use probably is independent. The Old High German version passed to French and became creche.
v.

“steal,” 17c. from crib (n.) in a secondary sense “a basket;” this probably also is the source of student slang meaning “plagiarize” (1778). Related: Cribbed; cribbing.

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