[ krib-ing ]
/ ˈkrɪb ɪŋ /


Veterinary Medicine. Also called crib-biting, wind-sucking. an injurious habit in which a horse bites its manger and as a result swallows air.
  1. a timber lining, closely spaced, as in a shaft or raise.
  2. pieces of timber for lining a shaft, raise, etc.
Building Trades, Civil Engineering. a system of cribs, as for retaining earth or for a building or the like being moved or having its foundations rebuilt.

Nearby words

  1. crib-biting,
  2. crib-wall,
  3. cribbage,
  4. cribbage board,
  5. cribber,
  6. cribellum,
  7. cribnote,
  8. cribrate,
  9. cribration,
  10. cribriform

Origin of cribbing

First recorded in 1635–45; crib + -ing1


[ krib ]
/ krɪb /


verb (used with object), cribbed, crib·bing.

verb (used without object), cribbed, crib·bing.

  1. to use a crib in examinations, homework, translating, etc.
  2. to steal; plagiarize.
(of a horse) to practice cribbing.

Origin of crib

before 1000; Middle English cribbe, Old English crib(b); cognate with Dutch krib, German Krippe; cf. crèche

Related formsun·crib, verb (used with object), un·cribbed, un·crib·bing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cribbing


/ (krɪb) /


verb cribs, cribbing or cribbed

Derived Formscribber, noun

Word Origin for crib

Old English cribb; related to Old Saxon kribbia, Old High German krippa; compare Middle High German krēbe basket

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