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any decapod crustacean of the suborder Brachyura, having the eyes on short stalks and a short, broad, more or less flattened body, the abdomen being small and folded under the thorax.

any of various other crustaceans, as the hermit crab, or other animals, as the horseshoe crab, resembling the true crabs.

  1. Astronomy, Astrology.the zodiacal constellation or sign Cancer.
  2. Astronomy.the Crab Nebula.

any of various mechanical contrivances for hoisting or pulling.

Aeronautics. the maneuver of crabbing.

Informal. the crab louse.See under louse (def. 1).

  1. (used with a singular verb)a losing throw, as two aces, in the game of hazard.
  2. pediculosis.

verb (used without object),crabbed,crab·bing.

to catch or attempt to catch crabs.

to move sideways, diagonally, or obliquely, especially with short, abrupt bursts of speed; scuttle.

Aeronautics. (of an aircraft) to head partly into the wind to compensate for drift.

Nautical. to drift or advance with some movement sideways, especially when under tow.

verb (used with object),crabbed,crab·bing.

to move (a vehicle or object) sideways, diagonally, or obliquely, especially with short, abrupt movements.

Aeronautics. to head (an aircraft) partly into the wind to compensate for drift.



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Idioms about crab

    catch a crab, to make a faulty stroke in rowing, so that the oar strikes the water forcibly on the backstroke.

Origin of crab


First recorded before 1000; Middle English crabbe, Old English crabba; cognate with Dutch krab, Old Norse krabbi; akin to German Krebs



Words nearby crab

CQ, CQB, CQSW, Cr, craal, crab, crab apple, Crabb, Crabbe, crabbed, crabber

Other definitions for crab (2 of 3)


a crab apple fruit or tree.

Origin of crab


First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English crabbe; perhaps special use of crab1

Other definitions for crab (3 of 3)


Informal. an ill-tempered or grouchy person.

verb (used without object),crabbed,crab·bing.

Informal. to find fault; complain.

(of hawks) to claw each other.

verb (used with object),crabbed,crab·bing.

Informal. to find fault with.

to make ill-tempered or grouchy; embitter.

(of a hawk) to claw (another hawk).

Slang. to spoil.

Origin of crab


First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English; back formation from crabbed



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Words related to crab

grump, complainer, sourpuss, grumbler, bellyacher, growler, whiner, curmudgeon, faultfinder, moan, criticize, nag, whine, carp, gripe, fuss

How to use crab in a sentence

  • However, he lets shellfish, such as crab or shrimp, sit on the kitchen counter for too long, in my opinion.

    Hints From Heloise: Housewarming gift gets recipient fired up|Heloise Heloise|January 27, 2021|Washington Post

  • She can watch the sunset on the Chesapeake and catch crabs off her dock.

    Sea-level rise is ‘the hidden threat’ for Anne Arundel waterfront homes|Selene San Felice|January 26, 2021|Washington Post

  • Despite the name, they are not real crabs, so they’re not crustaceans.

    Explainer: Insects, arachnids and other arthropods|Curtis Segarra|January 19, 2021|Science News For Students

  • You can’t throw a net without snaring a crab cake in Washington.

    We lost Johnny’s Half Shell to the pandemic. After 20 years, it deserves a farewell toast.|Tom Sietsema|January 15, 2021|Washington Post

  • Their eight powerful limbs can pluck crusty crabs from hiding spots.

    Touching allows octopuses to pre-taste their food|Jonathan Lambert|January 4, 2021|Science News For Students

  • Someone called him a hermit crab lurking in the halls of the United Nations.

    The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’|Nina Strochlic|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • There were jokes about Winston shoplifting crab legs earlier this year.

    Jameis Winston's Inevitable #epicfail|Gideon Resnick|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Wrap cooked crab legs in bacon, and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

    Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship|Harley Morenstein|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • When it comes to Dungeness crab, plain is perfect, but culinary adventurers should also try a house-made Dungeness crab burger.

    Become a Fried Seafood Believer at South Beach Market|Jane & Michael Stern|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Salmon burgers and shrimp burgers are available, too, but they are no match for the crab.

    Become a Fried Seafood Believer at South Beach Market|Jane & Michael Stern|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Leo stood in front of the Crab, and the half darkness allowed him a glimpse of that vast blue-black back, and the motionless eyes.

    Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling

  • In the middle of his singing he felt the cold touch of the Crab's claw on the apple of his throat.

    Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling

  • “Follow me, Mr Larks,” he said, turning and descending the ladder sailor-fashion—which means crab-wise.

    The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands|R.M. Ballantyne

  • She would miss the car and raise a hullabaloo, and maybe crab the whole thing in the start.

    Cabin Fever|B. M. Bower

  • The crab begins by tearing the husk, fiber by fiber, and always from that end under which the three eye-holes are situated.

    The Wonder Book of Knowledge|Various

British Dictionary definitions for crab (1 of 4)


any chiefly marine decapod crustacean of the genus Cancer and related genera (section Brachyura), having a broad flattened carapace covering the cephalothorax, beneath which is folded the abdomen. The first pair of limbs are modified as pincersSee also fiddler crab, soft-shell crab, pea crab, oyster crab Related adjective: cancroid

any of various similar or related arthropods, such as the hermit crab and horseshoe crab

short for crab louse

a manoeuvre in which an aircraft flies slightly into the crosswind to compensate for drift

a mechanical lifting device, esp the travelling hoist of a gantry crane

wrestling See Boston crab

catch a crabrowingto make a stroke in which the oar either misses the water or digs too deeply, causing the rower to fall backwards

verbcrabs, crabbingorcrabbed

(intr)to hunt or catch crabs

(tr)to fly (an aircraft) slightly into a crosswind to compensate for drift

(intr)nauticalto move forwards with a slight sideways motion, as to overcome an offsetting current

(intr)to move sideways

See also crabs

Word Origin for crab

Old English crabba; related to Old Norse krabbi, Old High German krebiz crab, Dutch krabben to scratch

British Dictionary definitions for crab (2 of 4)

verbcrabs, crabbingorcrabbed

(intr)to find fault; grumble

(tr)mainlyUSto spoil (esp in the phrase crab someone's act)


an irritable person

draw the crabsAustralianto attract unwelcome attention

Word Origin for crab

C16: probably back formation from crabbed

British Dictionary definitions for crab (3 of 4)

Word Origin for crab

C15: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish skrabbe crab apple

British Dictionary definitions for crab (4 of 4)


the Crabthe constellation Cancer, the fourth sign of the zodiac

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A disease characterized by any of various malignant neoplasms composed of abnormal cells that tend to proliferate rapidly and invade surrounding tissue. Without treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation, cancer cells can metastasize to other body sites and cause organ failure and death.


A short-tailed or soft-tailed crustacean


A taxonomic infraorder within the orderDecapoda — the true crabs, characteristically with a short tail and a reduced abdomen.


One, such as a dog, that growls.


The edible flesh of a crab.


A fit of ill temper. Used with the :


Any of various edible aquatic invertebrate animals having a shell, especially mollusks such as clams and oysters, and crustaceans such as lobsters, crabs, and shrimp.


A person given to finding fault; chronic, captious complainer


A twist or turn of the mind; caprice; whim; crotchet; also, a fit of temper or passion.


(Nautical) A temporary pile driven into the bottom of a river to hold a boat in position; a spud


(Informal) A person who is angry, resentful, vindictive, etc., or one easily made so


(Slang) A person who has a gloomy or disagreeable expression or nature


To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge; file a complaint.


(Intransitive) To complain or protest with a whine or as if with a whine.


(Informal) To irritate; annoy:



(Intransitive) To make a sharp jerking movement of the leg, as to strike something.


A person who habitually complains or grumbles


To express negative feelings, especially of dissatisfaction or resentment

Cancer the Crab

the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22

crabby person



(Informal) To complain or protest, esp. in a loud or raucous voice


To complain, especially in a whining manner.

Anomura (both Latin)

A short-tailed or soft-tailed crustacean

Find another word for crab. In this page you can discover 55 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for crab, like: cancer, podothalmian, seafood, whiner, brachyura, growler, crab-louse, crabmeat, complainer, grumbler and grump.

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