Origin of crib-bite

1835–45; back formation from crib-biting, crib-biter; see cribbing
Related formscrib-bit·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for crib-biting

Historical Examples of crib-biting

  • It answers the threefold purpose, to prevent biting, crib-biting, and wind-sucking.

    Domestic Animals

    Richard L. Allen

British Dictionary definitions for crib-biting


  1. a harmful habit of horses in which the animal leans on the manger or seizes it with the teeth and swallows a gulp of air
Derived Formscrib-biter, noun
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