[ bib ]

  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.

  1. the front part of an apron, overalls, or similar protective garment above the waist.

  2. 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.

Idioms about bib

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

Origin of bib

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

Other words from bib

  • bibless, adjective
  • biblike, adjective

Words that may be confused with bib

Words Nearby bib

Other definitions for bib. (2 of 3)


  1. (in prescriptions) drink.

Origin of bib.

From the Latin word bibe

Other definitions for Bib. (3 of 3)


  1. Bible.

  2. Biblical. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bib in a sentence

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

    Larry McMurtry: How I Write | Noah Charney | April 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • One child between three and four was convulsed at the sight of his baby bib fastened round the neck of his bearded sire.

    Children's Ways | James Sully
  • He had a vision of a high chair, and a child installed therein with the customary bib and spoon.

    The Butterfly House | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Solder should be dropped oftener on the brass bib than on the lead pipe.

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

    Elements of Plumbing | Samuel Dibble
  • The bib is laid on an angle of 45° pointing away from the wiper.

    Elements of Plumbing | Samuel Dibble

British Dictionary definitions for bib


/ (bɪb) /

  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

  1. Also called: pout, whiting pout a light-brown European marine gadoid food fish, Gadus (or Trisopterus) luscus, with a barbel on its lower jaw

  2. short for bibcock

  3. stick one's bib in Australian informal to interfere

verbbibs, bibbing or bibbed
  1. archaic to drink (something); tipple

Origin of bib

C14 bibben to drink, probably from Latin bibere

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