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[ jib ]
/ dʒɪb /
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noun Nautical.

any of various triangular sails set forward of a forestaysail or fore-topmast staysail.Compare flying jib, inner jib.
the inner one of two such sails, set inward from a flying jib.

adjective

of or relating to a jib: jib clew.

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Idioms for jib

    cut of one's jib, one's general appearance, mien, or manner: I could tell by the cut of his jib that he wasn't the kind of person I'd want to deal with.

Origin of jib

1
First recorded in 1655–65; origin uncertain
jib , jibe

Definition for jib (2 of 4)

jib2

or jibb

[ jib ]
/ dʒɪb /
Nautical

verb (used with or without object), noun jibbed, jib·bing,

variants of jibe3.

Definition for jib (3 of 4)

jib3
[ jib ]
/ dʒɪb /
Chiefly British

verb (used without object), jibbed, jib·bing.

to move restively sidewise or backward instead of forward, as an animal in harness; balk.
to balk at doing something; defer action; procrastinate.

noun

a horse or other animal that jibs.

Origin of jib

3
First recorded in 1805–15; perhaps special use of jib2
jibber, noun

Definition for jib (4 of 4)

jib4
[ jib ]
/ dʒɪb /

noun

the projecting arm of a crane.
the boom of a derrick.

Origin of jib

4
First recorded in 1755–65; apparently short for gibbet
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British Dictionary definitions for jib (1 of 4)

jib1
/ (dʒɪb) /

noun

nautical any triangular sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
cut of someone's jib someone's manner, behaviour, style, etc
obsolete
  1. the lower lip, usually when it protrudes forwards in a grimace
  2. the face or nose
C17: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for jib (2 of 4)

jib2
/ (dʒɪb) /

verb jibs, jibbing or jibbed (intr) mainly British

(often foll by at) to be reluctant (to); hold back (from); balk (at)
(of an animal) to stop short and refuse to go forwardsthe horse jibbed at the jump
nautical variant of gybe
jibber, noun
C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for jib (3 of 4)

jib3
/ (dʒɪb) /

noun

the projecting arm of a crane or the boom of a derrick, esp one that is pivoted to enable it to be raised or lowered
C18: probably based on gibbet

British Dictionary definitions for jib (4 of 4)

jib4
/ (dʒɪb) /

noun

(often plural) South Wales dialect a contortion of the face; a facestop making jibs
special use of jib 1 (in the sense: lower lip, face)
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Idioms and Phrases with jib

jib

see cut of one's jib

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