Cradle - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkreɪdl|  American pronunciation of the word cradle
Brit.  |ˈkreɪd(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word cradle


- a baby bed with sides and rockers
- where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence (syn: birthplace, provenance, provenience)
- birth of a person
- a trough that can be rocked back and forth; used by gold miners to shake auriferous earth in water in order to separate the gold (syn: rocker)


- hold gently and carefully
- bring up from infancy
- hold or place in or as if in a cradle
- cut grain with a cradle scythe
- wash in a cradle
- run with the stick


She placed the phone back on its cradle.

A number of ships were resting in their cradles in the shipyard.

He cradled her face in his hands.

She was cradling the injured man's head in her arms.

Wessex is the cradle of the royal house.

He dropped the receiver into its cradle.

The old man cradled the baby in his arms.

He was sitting at the big table cradling a large bowl of coffee.

The house that cradled Prince Metternich.

He cradled the picture.

She rocked the cradle to quieten the child.

Like most Catholic children, he had heard stories of Ireland from the cradle.

John cradled the baby in his arms.

She hunched over the desk, telephone cradled at her neck.

He rocked the cradle with his foot. (Ch. Dickens, Old Curiosity Shop, 1840)

Word forms

I/you/we/they: cradle
he/she/it: cradles
present participle: cradling
past tense: cradled
past participle: cradled
singular: cradle
plural: cradles
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