[ kreyd-l ]
/ ˈkreɪd l /


verb (used with object), cra·dled, cra·dling.

verb (used without object), cra·dled, cra·dling.

to lie in or as if in a cradle.
to cut grain with a cradle scythe.

Nearby words

  1. cracksman,
  2. crackup,
  3. cracky,
  4. cracovienne,
  5. cracow,
  6. cradle cap,
  7. cradle roof,
  8. cradle scythe,
  9. cradle snatcher,
  10. cradle vault


    rob the cradle, Informal. to marry, court, or date a person much younger than oneself.

Origin of cradle

before 1000; Middle English cradel, Old English cradol; akin to Old High German cratto basket

Related formscra·dler, nounun·cra·dled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cradle


/ (ˈkreɪdəl) /



Derived Formscradler, noun

Word Origin for cradle

Old English cradol; related to Old High German kratto basket

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Word Origin and History for cradle
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Medicine definitions for cradle


[ krādl ]


A small low bed for an infant, often furnished with rockers.
A frame used to keep the bedclothes from pressing on an injured part.

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Idioms and Phrases with cradle


see from the cradle to the grave; rob the cradle.

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