a piece of cloth, plastic, or paper that covers the chest and is often tied under the chin of a child to protect the clothing while the child is eating.
any similar cloth or part of a garment.
the front part of an apron, overalls, or similar protective garment above the waist.
Fencing. a piece of canvas attached to the base of the mask, for protecting the throat.

verb (used with or without object), bibbed, bib·bing.

Archaic. to tipple; drink.


    put/stick one's bib in, Australian Informal. to interfere.

Origin of bib

1275–1325; Middle English bibben to drink < Latin bibere
Related formsbib·less, adjectivebib·like, adjective
Can be confusedbib bibb


(in prescriptions) drink.

Origin of bib.

From the Latin word bibe

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Examples from the Web for bib

Contemporary Examples of bib

Historical Examples of bib

  • He has his own chair and bib, and his manners are said to be exquisite.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • And she has on such a funny dress and a veil hanging 'way down and a bib.

    Mary's Rainbow

    Mary Edward Feehan

  • "You had a little handkerchief about your neck like a bib," continued Debby.

  • Him's got a bib on 'ike Trouble when him eats bread and 'ilk.

  • The bib must not extend too far into the lead pipe or it will obstruct the flow of water.

British Dictionary definitions for bib



a piece of cloth or plastic worn, esp by babies, to protect their clothes while eating
the upper part of some aprons, dungarees, etc, that covers the upper front part of the body
Also called: pout, whiting pout a light-brown European marine gadoid food fish, Gadus (or Trisopterus) luscus, with a barbel on its lower jaw
short for bibcock
stick one's bib in Australian informal to interfere

verb bibs, bibbing or bibbed

archaic to drink (something); tipple

Word Origin for bib

C14 bibben to drink, probably from Latin bibere
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Word Origin and History for bib

linen worn over the breast while eating, 1570s, from verb bibben "to drink" (late 14c.), imitative of lip sounds, or else from Latin bibere (see imbibe), but difficult now to say whether this is because it was worn while drinking or because it "soaked up" spills.

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bib in Medicine



bibe (drink)
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