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jib

1

[ jib ]

noun

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


adjective

  1. of or relating to a jib:

    jib clew.

jib

2
or jibb

[ jib ]

verb (used with or without object)

, jibbed, jib·bing,
  1. variants of jibe 3.

jib

3

[ jib ]

verb (used without object)

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

noun

  1. a horse or other animal that jibs.

jib

4

[ jib ]

noun

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

jib

1

/ dʒɪb /

verb

  1. often foll by at to be reluctant (to); hold back (from); balk (at)
  2. (of an animal) to stop short and refuse to go forwards

    the horse jibbed at the jump

  3. See gybe
    nautical variant of gybe


jib

2

/ dʒɪb /

noun

  1. 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

jib

3

/ dʒɪb /

noun

  1. dialect.
    often plural a contortion of the face; a face

    stop making jibs

jib

4

/ dʒɪb /

noun

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

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Derived Forms

  • ˈjibber, noun

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Other Words From

  • jibber noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of jib1

First recorded in 1655–65; origin uncertain

Origin of jib2

First recorded in 1805–15; perhaps special use of jib 2

Origin of jib3

First recorded in 1755–65; apparently short for gibbet

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Word History and Origins

Origin of jib1

C19: of unknown origin

Origin of jib2

C18: probably based on gibbet

Origin of jib3

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

Origin of jib4

C17: of unknown origin

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Idioms and Phrases

Idioms
  1. 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.

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Example Sentences

Even liberals who excoriated Putin’s regime jibbed at heavy-handed foreign criticism.

From Time

There were a couple of camera operators, one with a huge jib for all of the overhead sweeping shots.

"A real wilderness," cried Dr. Silence from his seat in the bows where he held the jib sheet.

In sailing the jib is worked to every puff, eased off or drawn in at every variation in direction or strength of wind.

The size of the jib is also influenced by the fact that it has to balance the equally enormous mainsail.

A broad reach on starboard followed, 'Vigilant' setting her balloon jib-topsail very smartly.

The breeze, which came from the northward by east, was growing, and jib topsails were pulled down when about ten miles off.

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