- a timber lining, closely spaced, as in a shaft or raise.
- pieces of timber for lining a shaft, raise, etc.
- cribbage board,
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
Examples from the Web for cribbing
Gibbs' cribbing: "milk," "bread," "eggs," "hope," and "change."
The test shows a high correlation with mental age, but more than most others it is subject to the influence of cribbing.The Measurement of Intelligence|Lewis Madison Terman
Say, I've discovered who's been cribbing all those pretty little stones up at my aunt's!Fred Fenton on the Crew|Allen Chapman
How long do you suppose it would take to get the cribbing down from Ledyard?
Hour by hour the piles of cribbing dwindled, and on the elevator the distance from bin walls to post-tops grew shorter.
When the Central Branch Railroad was built, the company took corn of settlers in payment for lands, cribbing it by the road.Personal Recollections of Pardee Butler|Pardee Butler
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.