jib

1
[jib]

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 confusedgibe gybe jib jibe jive

jib

2

or jibb

[jib]Nautical

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

jib

3
[jib]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 formsjib·ber, noun

jib

4
[jib]

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

jibe

1

or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb

[jahyb]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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Examples from the Web for jib

Historical Examples of jib

  • I have seen that girl on the deck, and I like the cut of her jib.

  • For instance, there is the jib halyard and the foresail halyard.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • At the end of that mile Jonadab's craft's jib boom was just astern of Tobias's rudder.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • If we can h'ist the jib we can get some steerage way on her, maybe.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Keep the topsails loose and the jib ready for setting, I may want the sails in a hurry.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for jib

jib

1

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

jib

2

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 Formsjibber, noun

Word Origin for jib

C19: of unknown origin

jib

3

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

jib

4

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)

jibe

1

jib or jibb (dʒɪb)

verb, noun

nautical variants of gybe

jibe

2

verb

a variant spelling of gibe 1
Derived Formsjiber, nounjibingly, adverb

jibe

3

verb

(intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize

Word Origin for jibe

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jib
n.

"foresail of a ship," 1660s, gibb, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to gibbet, from notion of a sail "hanging" from a masthead [Barnhart, OED]. Or perhaps from jib (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (1690s), from Dutch gijben, apparently related to gijk "boom or spar of a sailing ship." Said to indicate a ship's character to an observant sailor as a strange vessel approaches at sea; also nautical slang for "face," hence cut of (one's) jib "personal appearance" (1821).

jibe

v.

"agree, fit," 1813, of unknown origin, perhaps a figurative extension of earlier jib, gybe (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (see jib). OED, however, suggests a phonetic variant of chime, as if meaning "to chime in with, to be in harmony." Related: Jibed; jibes; jibing.

jibe

n.

1560s, perhaps from Middle French giber "to handle roughly," or an alteration of gaber "to mock."

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Idioms and Phrases with jib

jib

see cut of one's jib

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