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jib1

[jib] /dʒɪb/
noun, Nautical.
1.
any of various triangular sails set forward of a forestaysail or fore-topmast staysail.
2.
the inner one of two such sails, set inward from a flying jib.
adjective
3.
of or relating to a jib:
jib clew.
Idioms
4.
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
1655-1665
First recorded in 1655-65; origin uncertain
Can be confused
gibe, gybe, jib, jibe, jive.

jib2

or jibb

[jib] /dʒɪb/ Nautical
verb (used with or without object), jibbed, jibbing, noun
1.
jibe1 .

jib3

[jib] /dʒɪb/ Chiefly British
verb (used without object), jibbed, jibbing.
1.
to move restively sidewise or backward instead of forward, as an animal in harness; balk.
2.
to balk at doing something; defer action; procrastinate.
noun
3.
a horse or other animal that jibs.
Origin
First recorded in 1805-15; perhaps special use of jib2
Related forms
jibber, noun

jib4

[jib] /dʒɪb/
noun
1.
the projecting arm of a crane.
2.
the boom of a derrick.
Origin
First recorded in 1755-65; apparently short for gibbet

jibe1

or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb

[jahyb] /dʒaɪb/ Nautical
verb (used without object), jibed, jibing.
1.
to shift from one side to the other when running before the wind, as a fore-and-aft sail or its boom.
2.
to alter course so that a fore-and-aft sail shifts in this manner.
verb (used with object), jibed, jibing.
3.
to cause to jibe.
noun
4.
the act of jibing.
Origin
1685-95; variant of gybe < Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen
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Examples from the Web for jib
Historical Examples
  • I have seen that girl on the deck, and I like the cut of her jib.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • 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 Joseph Conrad
  • The White Wings was a sloop yacht with club and jib topsails.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise Burt L. Standish
  • "All the same, I don't like the cut of his jib," murmured Bailey.

    A Woman for Mayor Helen M. Winslow
  • "Then you will excuse me if I go home," I added, as I hoisted the jib.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • Then the Polly was turned toward the shore and the jib was lowered.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • The jib was not furled, but got ready to "let go" in case of fierce gusts.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for jib

jib1

/dʒɪb/
noun
1.
(nautical) any triangular sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
2.
cut of someone's jib, someone's manner, behaviour, style, etc
3.
(obsolete)
  1. the lower lip, usually when it protrudes forwards in a grimace
  2. the face or nose
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin

jib2

/dʒɪb/
verb (intransitive) (mainly Brit) jibs, jibbing, jibbed
1.
(often foll by at) to be reluctant (to); hold back (from); balk (at)
2.
(of an animal) to stop short and refuse to go forwards: the horse jibbed at the jump
3.
(nautical) variant of gybe
Derived Forms
jibber, noun
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

jib3

/dʒɪb/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C18: probably based on gibbet

jib4

/dʒɪb/
noun
1.
(often pl) (South Wales, dialect) a contortion of the face; a face: stop making jibs
Word Origin
special use of jib1 (in the sense: lower lip, face)

jibe1

/dʒaɪb/
verb, noun
1.
(nautical) variants of gybe

jibe2

/dʒaɪb/
verb
1.
a variant spelling of gibe1
Derived Forms
jiber, noun
jibingly, adverb

jibe3

/dʒaɪb/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (informal) to agree; accord; harmonize
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jib
n.

"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).

jibe

v.

"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.

jibe

n.

1560s, perhaps from Middle French giber "to handle roughly," or an alteration of gaber "to mock."

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Slang definitions & phrases for jib

jigaboo

modifier

: a jig band

noun

A black person (1909+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with jib

jib

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