Crab - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kræb|  American pronunciation of the word crab
Brit.  |kræb|  British pronunciation of the word crab

noun

- decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
- a quarrelsome grouch
- (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer (syn: cancer)
- the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22 (syn: cancer)
- the edible flesh of any of various crabs (syn: crabmeat)
- a louse that infests the pubic region of the human body
- a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply

verb

- direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
- scurry sideways like a crab
- fish for crab
- complain (syn: beef, bellyache, bitch, gripe, grouse, holler, squawk)

Examples

he caught a crab and lost the race

Out bolts her husband upon me with a large crab in his hand.

There was that hideous spidery crustacean, the crab.

...a crab molts its shell as it grows larger...

the horseshoe crab is not a true crab

...crab apples are not actually eating apples...

Word forms

noun
singular: crab
plural: crabs
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