- 1(cribbing, cribbed) [intransitive, transitive] crib (something) (from somebody) (old-fashioned) to dishonestly copy work from another student or from a book See related entries: Exams and assessment
- 2[intransitive] crib (about something) (British English, old-fashioned or Indian English) to complain about somebody/something in a bad-tempered way Every time we met up, she would start cribbing. Luckily, my parents never cribbed about my failures. He spent the rest of the day cribbing that he had been overcharged. Word Origin Old English (in the sense ‘manger’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch krib, kribbe and German Krippe.
BrE BrE//krɪb//; NAmE NAmE//krɪb//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crib
BrE BrE//krɪb//; NAmE NAmE//krɪb//he / she / it cribs
BrE BrE//krɪbz//; NAmE NAmE//krɪbz//past simple cribbed
BrE BrE//krɪbd//; NAmE NAmE//krɪbd//past participle cribbed
BrE BrE//krɪbd//; NAmE NAmE//krɪbd//-ing form cribbing
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪbɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪbɪŋ//Exams and assessment