- a chapped or ulcerated chilblain, especially on the heel.
Origin of kibe
1350–1400; Middle English kybe, perhaps < Welsh cibi
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Examples from the Web for kibe
All ungalled of him is each courtier's heel or great man's kibe.
But now, sir, the clouted shoe of the peasant galls the kibe of the courtier.Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott
It belongs to a romantic age where excess was atoned for by asceticism, and spasms of vice galled the kibe of negative virtue.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13
The age is grown so picked that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe.Familiar Quotations
Meanwhile the purely plebeian society was growing, and the toe of the clown beginning to gall the kibe of the courtier.English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century
- a chilblain, esp an ulcerated one on the heel
C14: probably from Welsh cibi, of obscure origin
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- A chapped or inflamed area on the skin, especially on the heel, due to exposure to cold.
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