from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A grated crib or manger.
  • n. The vertical planks at the forward end of the hold of a traditional English narrowboat which constrain the cargo and support the top plank or walkway.
  • v. To scratch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A manger or open frame for hay; a crib; a rack.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To scratch.
  • n. A grated crib or manger.
  • n. A rack or open framework.
  • n. In astronomy, the star-cluster known as Præsepe (the Manger) in the constellation Cancer.


From Middle English cratchen, cracchen ("to scratch"), alteration of *cratsen (“to scratch”), from North Germanic *kratsa or Middle Low German kratsen, krassen ("to scratch"), both ultimately from Old High German krazzōn, crazōn ("to scratch"), from Proto-Germanic *krattōnan (“to scratch”), from Proto-Indo-European *gred-, *grod- (“to scratch, scrape”). Cognate with Icelandic krota ("to engrave"). Compare also Icelandic krassa ("to scrawl"), Danish kradse ("to scratch, scrape, claw"), Swedish kratsa ("to scratch"), Dutch kratsen ("to scratch"), German kratzen ("to scratch"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English cratche, cracche, crecche ("crib"), from Old French creche ("crib, manger"), from Frankish *krippja (“crib”), akin to Old High German crippa, cripha ("crib"). More at creche, crib. (Wiktionary)



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