- money or any other valuable consideration given or promised with a view to corrupting the behavior of a person, especially in that person's performance as an athlete, public official, etc.: The motorist offered the arresting officer a bribe to let him go.
- anything given or serving to persuade or induce: The children were given candy as a bribe to be good.
- to give or promise a bribe to: They bribed the reporter to forget about what he had seen.
- to influence or corrupt by a bribe: The judge was too honest to be bribed.
- to give a bribe; practice bribery.
Origin of bribe
Examples from the Web for briber
Historical Examples of briber
And then the latter man has the briber so much at advantage.Lady Anna
Perhaps you would be willing to give me the name of this briber, Mr. Hatch?The Wreckers
Briber and grafter are now 'good men,' and would have passed for virtuous in the American community of seventy years ago.Teaching the Child Patriotism
Kate Upson Clarke
André was a spy and briber, who sought to ruin the American cause by means of the treachery of an American general.George Washington, Vol. I
Henry Cabot Lodge
- to promise, offer, or give something, usually money, to (a person) to procure services or gain influence, esp illegally
- a reward, such as money or favour, given or offered for this purpose
- any persuasion or lure
- a length of flawed or damaged cloth removed from the main piece
Word Origin for bribe
late 14c., "thing stolen," from Old French bribe "bit, piece, hunk; morsel of bread given to beggars" (14c., cf. Old French bribeor "vagrant, beggar"), from briber, brimber "to beg," a general Romanic word (Gamillscheg marks it as Rotwelsch, i.e. "thieves' jargon"), of uncertain origin; old sources suggest Celtic (cf. Breton breva "to break"). Shift of meaning to "gift given to influence corruptly" is by mid-15c.
late 14c., "pilfer, steal," also "practice extortion," from Old French briber "go begging," from bribe (see bribe (n.)). Related: Bribed; bribing.