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CRIB, Crab, n.3, v. Met. forms of Eng. curb or kerb (cf. Crub, n.1, v.1) in sense of:

1. n.

(1) A kerbstone, the edge of the pavement (Fif.10, Kcb.10 1941). Also dim. cribbie. Ags. 1925  (per Ags.10):
He stood at the cribbie for a long time watching the traffic.

Comb.: crib-stane, crab-, the edge of the pavement (Sc. 1887 Jam.2, crab-; Abd.27 1947; Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn., crib-).

(2) A coping or top, a raised rim (Bch. 1910 (per Abd.11)); ? a wall-plate (in 1738 quot.). Sc. 1743  R. Maxwell Select Trans. 287:
You must have a large Boiler, with a Crib in it.
Abd. 1738  Monymusk Papers (S.H.S. 1945) 15:
15 pas of riafs and pans and crabs and tel post cabars of both sides.

†(3) A curb for a horse. Lnk. 1827  J. Watt Poems 100:
Aff wi' the huntsman they'd a' scampered, — Wi' crib an' bit nae langer hamper'd.

2. v. To curb or check. Also vbl.n. cribbin', a kerbstone (Kcb.10 1941). Lnk. 1827  J. Watt Poems 103:
Who ay are friends to grace and truth, An' to crib vice ay ready.

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"Crib n.3, v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 May 2019 <>



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