cradle

[ kreyd-l ]
/ ˈkreɪd l /

noun

verb (used with object), cra·dled, cra·dling.

verb (used without object), cra·dled, cra·dling.

to lie in or as if in a cradle.
to cut grain with a cradle scythe.

Idioms for cradle

    rob the cradle, Informal. to marry, court, or date a person much younger than oneself.

Origin of cradle

before 1000; Middle English cradel, Old English cradol; akin to Old High German cratto basket

SYNONYMS FOR cradle

OTHER WORDS FROM cradle

cra·dler, nounun·cra·dled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rob the cradle

cradle
/ (ˈkreɪdəl) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of cradle

cradler, noun

Word Origin for cradle

Old English cradol; related to Old High German kratto basket
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Medicine definitions for rob the cradle

cradle
[ krādl ]

n.

A small low bed for an infant, often furnished with rockers.
A frame used to keep the bedclothes from pressing on an injured part.
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Idioms and Phrases with rob the cradle (1 of 2)

rob the cradle

Have a romantic or sexual relationship with someone much younger than oneself, as in The old editor was notorious for robbing the cradle, always trying to date some young reporter. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with rob the cradle (2 of 2)

cradle

see from the cradle to the grave; rob the cradle.

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