- of or relating to a jib: jib clew.
- cut of one's jib, one's general appearance, mien, or manner: I could tell by the cut of his jib that he wasn't the kind of person I'd want to deal with.
Origin of jib1
- to move restively sidewise or backward instead of forward, as an animal in harness; balk.
- to balk at doing something; defer action; procrastinate.
- a horse or other animal that jibs.
Origin of jib3
- the projecting arm of a crane.
- the boom of a derrick.
Origin of jib4
or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb
- to shift from one side to the other when running before the wind, as a fore-and-aft sail or its boom.
- to alter course so that a fore-and-aft sail shifts in this manner.
- to cause to jibe.
- the act of jibing.
Origin of jibe1
Examples from the Web for jib
I have seen that girl on the deck, and I like the cut of her jib.A Woman Intervenes
For instance, there is the jib halyard and the foresail halyard.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
At the end of that mile Jonadab's craft's jib boom was just astern of Tobias's rudder.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
If we can h'ist the jib we can get some steerage way on her, maybe.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
Keep the topsails loose and the jib ready for setting, I may want the sails in a hurry.The Rescue
- nautical any triangular sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
- cut of someone's jib someone's manner, behaviour, style, etc
- the lower lip, usually when it protrudes forwards in a grimace
- the face or nose
- (often foll by at) to be reluctant (to); hold back (from); balk (at)
- (of an animal) to stop short and refuse to go forwardsthe horse jibbed at the jump
- nautical variant of gybe
- the projecting arm of a crane or the boom of a derrick, esp one that is pivoted to enable it to be raised or lowered
- (often plural) South Wales dialect a contortion of the face; a facestop making jibs
jib or jibb (dʒɪb)
- nautical variants of gybe
- a variant spelling of gibe 1
- (intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize
Word Origin and History for jib
"foresail of a ship," 1660s, gibb, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to gibbet, from notion of a sail "hanging" from a masthead [Barnhart, OED]. Or perhaps from jib (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (1690s), from Dutch gijben, apparently related to gijk "boom or spar of a sailing ship." Said to indicate a ship's character to an observant sailor as a strange vessel approaches at sea; also nautical slang for "face," hence cut of (one's) jib "personal appearance" (1821).
"agree, fit," 1813, of unknown origin, perhaps a figurative extension of earlier jib, gybe (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (see jib). OED, however, suggests a phonetic variant of chime, as if meaning "to chime in with, to be in harmony." Related: Jibed; jibes; jibing.
1560s, perhaps from Middle French giber "to handle roughly," or an alteration of gaber "to mock."
Idioms and Phrases with jib
see cut of one's jib