Origin of crib-bite

1835–45; back formation from crib-biting, crib-biter; see cribbing
Related formscrib-bit·er, noun


  1. Veterinary Medicine. Also called crib-biting, wind-sucking. an injurious habit in which a horse bites its manger and as a result swallows air.
  2. Mining.
    1. a timber lining, closely spaced, as in a shaft or raise.
    2. pieces of timber for lining a shaft, raise, etc.
  3. 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.

Origin of cribbing

First recorded in 1635–45; crib + -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018