Crab - definition, pronunciation, transcription

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


- 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
- 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
he caught a crab and lost the race


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

Extra examples

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...

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

Word forms

singular: crab
plural: crabs
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