- a timber lining, closely spaced, as in a shaft or raise.
- pieces of timber for lining a shaft, raise, etc.
Origin of cribbing
- 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
Related Words for cribbinginfringement, piracy, falsification, take, purloin, filch, swipe, reproduce, affect, mimic, replicate, resemble, mislead, fleece, hoodwink, delude, bilk, con, dupe, trick
Examples from the Web for cribbing
Contemporary Examples of cribbing
Gibbs' cribbing: "milk," "bread," "eggs," "hope," and "change."Sarah Palin's Money Man
Samuel P. Jacobs
February 10, 2010
Historical Examples of cribbing
There, by cribbing across the bottom, they got in a temporary line.Whispering Smith
Frank H. Spearman
I'll keep watch, and you try your hand at cribbing some of their gas juice.Air Service Boys Flying for Victory
Charles Amory Beach
Cribbing some minutes from breakfast, I went up to his room.Johnny Ludlow, Second Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
The cribbing occurs in the general reflections devoted to the Renaissance.Egoists
Cribbing in examinations he would have thought the limit of his crimes.The Gold Bat
P. G. Wodehouse
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.