noun Archaic.

a crib for fodder; manger.

Origin of cratch

1175–1225; Middle English cracche < dialectal Old French crache, variant of creche crèche Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cratch

Historical Examples of cratch

  • They learned to play "cratch cradle," and when they did this the names of every thing used were learned.

  • Some children call this game "cat's cradle," but it should be "cratch cradle."

  • It's what a pig-killer fastens the pig down with—on the cratch.

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  • If the taile of a wolfe be hung in the cratch of Oxen, they can never eat their meate.

  • A huge Christmas pie, made in the shape of a cratch or cradle, was placed on the board.

British Dictionary definitions for cratch



a rack for holding fodder for cattle, etc

Word Origin for cratch

C14: from Old French: crèche
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