Dictionary.com

gib

1
[ gib ]
/ gɪb /
Save This Word!

noun
a hooked prolongation that develops during the spawning season on the lower jaw of a male salmon or trout.
Machinery.
  1. a thin, wedgelike strip of metal for controlling the area in which a moving part, as the table of a milling machine, slides.
  2. a keylike part having a head at each end, used with a matching cotter as a fastening.
(in carpentry or ironwork) a heavy metal strap for fastening two members together.
verb (used with object), gibbed, gib·bing.
to fasten (parts) together by means of a gib.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of gib

1
First recorded in 1555–65; origin uncertain

Other definitions for gib (2 of 3)

gib2
[ gib ]
/ gɪb /

noun
a cat, especially a male cat.
a castrated cat.

Origin of gib

2
1350–1400; Middle English gib(be), short for Gilbert proper name

Other definitions for gib (3 of 3)

Gib.

abbreviation
Gibraltar.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gib in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for gib (1 of 3)

gib1
/ (ɡɪb) /

noun
a metal wedge, pad, or thrust bearing, esp a brass plate let into a steam engine crosshead
verb gibs, gibbing or gibbed
(tr) to fasten or supply with a gib

Word Origin for gib

C18: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for gib (2 of 3)

gib2
/ (ɡɪb) /

noun
a male cat, esp a castrated one

Word Origin for gib

C14: probably a shortening and alteration of the proper name Gilbert

British Dictionary definitions for gib (3 of 3)

Gib
/ (dʒɪb) /

noun
an informal name for Gibraltar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK