Cratch (kr?ch; 224), n. [OE. crache, creche, F. crche crib, manger, fr. OHG. krippa, krippea,G. krippe crib. See Crib.]

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


Begin from first where He encradled was, In simple cratch, wrapt in a wad of hay. Spenser.

Cratch cradle, a representation of the figure of the cratch, made upon the fingers with a string; cat's cradle; -- called also scratch cradle.


© Webster 1913.