EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS noun 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. Idioms , put/ stick one's bib in . Australian Informal to interfere. Origin of bib 1275–1325; Middle English bibben to drink < Latin bibere Related forms bib·less, adjective bib·like, adjective (in prescriptions) drink. Origin of bib.
Latin word bibe
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He has his own chair and
bib, and his manners are said to be exquisite.
And she has on such a funny dress and a veil hanging 'way down and a
"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.
bib must not extend too far into the lead pipe or it will obstruct the flow of water. British Dictionary definitions for bib noun 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 stick one's bib in Australian informal to interfere verb bibs, bibbing or bibbed archaic to drink (something); tipple Word Origin for bib
bibben to drink, probably from Latin bibere
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Word Origin and History for bib n.
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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