- a translation, list of correct answers, or other illicit aid used by students while reciting, taking exams, or the like; pony.
- a petty theft.
verb (used with object), cribbed, crib·bing.
verb (used without object), cribbed, crib·bing.
- to use a crib in examinations, homework, translating, etc.
- to steal; plagiarize.
Origin of crib
Examples from the Web for crib
Contemporary Examples of crib
After lunch, I put Julia in her crib for a nap, and though she struggled, the excitement of the day took her under.When An Adopted Child Won’t Attach
May 2, 2014
My chest pressed into the foot of the crib, arms outstretched through bars, I wailed at an open door to an empty staircase.
Sally was a year younger than me but she had a real bed, and I still had a crib.
Did Geert Wilders, the famously xenophobic Dutch politician, crib from the Nazis for his latest anti-immigrant tirade?Dutch Xenophobe Geert Wilders Echoes Goebbels’ Infamous 1943 Speech
Nadette De Visser
March 21, 2014
Lynch, ever the spirited mind in flight, never had to crib much from infatuations of college boys.‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’
March 14, 2014
Historical Examples of crib
She started forward, but Martin stepped between herself and the crib.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
How'd you like to be lyin' helpless in a crib with a big rat gnawin' your ear?A Little Book of Profitable Tales
"A crib that will soon house more than corn," said the sergeant.
The farmer might come out at any time to his crib, and they felt that they must be up and away.
For their construing I have been given what schoolboys call a crib.Another Sheaf
verb cribs, cribbing or cribbed
Word Origin for crib
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.
"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.