- 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.
- cri de coeur,
- cri du chat,
- cri-du-chat syndrome,
- crib death,
Origin of crib
Examples from the Web for crib
After lunch, I put Julia in her crib for a nap, and though she struggled, the excitement of the day took her under.
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|DAILY BEAST
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’|Jimmy So|March 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She'll slide into the sand like a baby nestling down into a crib.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
"I'll put him in his crib," he decided, and thereupon he made a quick move toward the bassinette.Baby Mine|Margaret Mayo
Then it struck me that there was something unholy about this affair, and I resolutely strode to the crib and seized the baby.Visionaries|James Huneker
By this process, well executed, no water can pass downwards by the back of the crib.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
He put it in the crib, and returned with a second supply, when to his horror he found the crib empty.The Violet Fairy Book|Various
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.