jib

1
[ jib ]
/ dʒɪb /

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.

Idioms

    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

Can be confused

gibe gybe jib jibe jive

Definition for jib (2 of 5)

jib

2

or jibb

[ jib ]
/ dʒɪb /
Nautical

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


Definition for jib (3 of 5)

jib

3
[ 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

Related forms

jib·ber, noun

Definition for jib (4 of 5)

jib

4
[ 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

Definition for jib (5 of 5)

jibe

1

or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb

[ jahyb ]
/ dʒaɪb /
Nautical

verb (used without object), jibed, jib·ing.

to shift from one side to the other when running before the wind, as a fore-and-aft sail or its boom.
to alter course so that a fore-and-aft sail shifts in this manner.

verb (used with object), jibed, jib·ing.

to cause to jibe.

noun

the act of jibing.

Origin of jibe

1
1685–95; variant of gybe < Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen
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British Dictionary definitions for jib (1 of 7)

jib

1
/ (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

Word Origin for jib

C17: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for jib (2 of 7)

jib

2
/ (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

Derived Forms

jibber, noun

Word Origin for jib

C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for jib (3 of 7)

jib

3
/ (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

Word Origin for jib

C18: probably based on gibbet

British Dictionary definitions for jib (4 of 7)

jib

4
/ (dʒɪb) /

noun

(often plural) South Wales dialect a contortion of the face; a facestop making jibs

Word Origin for jib

special use of jib 1 (in the sense: lower lip, face)

British Dictionary definitions for jib (5 of 7)

jibe

1

jib or jibb (dʒɪb)

/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb, noun

nautical variants of gybe

British Dictionary definitions for jib (6 of 7)

jibe

2
/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb

a variant spelling of gibe 1

Derived Forms

jiber, nounjibingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for jib (7 of 7)

jibe

3
/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb

(intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize

Word Origin for jibe

C19: of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with jib

jib

see cut of one's jib


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