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bib

1

[ bib ]

noun

  1. 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.
  2. any similar cloth or part of a garment.
  3. the front part of an apron, overalls, or similar protective garment above the waist.
  4. 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.
  1. Archaic. to tipple; drink.

bib.

2

abbreviation for

  1. (in prescriptions) drink.

Bib.

3

abbreviation for

  1. Bible.
  2. Biblical.

bib

/ bɪb /

noun

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


verb

  1. archaic.
    to drink (something); tipple

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Other Words From

  • bibless adjective
  • biblike adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bib1

1275–1325; Middle English bibben to drink < Latin bibere

Origin of bib2

From the Latin word bibe

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bib1

C14 bibben to drink, probably from Latin bibere

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Idioms and Phrases

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

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Example Sentences

The cowboys were dressed in bib overalls, which just about killed my father.

One child between three and four was convulsed at the sight of his baby bib fastened round the neck of his bearded sire.

He had a vision of a high chair, and a child installed therein with the customary bib and spoon.

Solder should be dropped oftener on the brass bib than on the lead pipe.

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

The bib is laid on an angle of 45° pointing away from the wiper.

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