ribbing

1
[ rib-ing ]
/ ˈrɪb ɪŋ /

noun

ribs collectively.
an assemblage or arrangement of ribs, as in cloth or a ship.

Nearby words

  1. rialto,
  2. riant,
  3. riantly,
  4. riata,
  5. riau archipelago,
  6. rib cage,
  7. rib eye,
  8. rib roast,
  9. rib steak,
  10. rib-knit

Origin of ribbing

1
First recorded in 1555–65; rib1 + -ing1

ribbing

2
[ rib-ing ]
/ ˈrɪb ɪŋ /

noun

an act or instance of teasing.

Origin of ribbing

2
First recorded in 1930–35; rib2 + -ing1

rib

1
[ rib ]
/ rɪb /

noun

verb (used with object), ribbed, rib·bing.

Origin of rib

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English rib(b); cognate with German Rippe

Related formsrib·ber, nounrib·less, adjectiverib·like, adjective

rib

2
[ rib ]
/ rɪb /

verb (used with object), ribbed, rib·bing.

to tease; make fun of.

Origin of rib

2
1925–30, Americanism; apparently short for rib-tickle (v.)

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British Dictionary definitions for ribbing

ribbing

/ (ˈrɪbɪŋ) /

noun

a framework or structure of ribs
ribs collectively
a raised pattern in woven or knitted material, made in knitting by doing purl and plain stitches alternately

rib

1
/ (rɪb) /

noun

verb ribs, ribbing or ribbed (tr)

Derived Formsribless, adjectiveriblike, adjective

Word Origin for rib

Old English ribb; related to Old High German rippi, Old Norse rif reef 1

rib

2
/ (rɪb) informal /

verb ribs, ribbing or ribbed

(tr) to tease or ridicule

noun

a joke or hoax

Word Origin for rib

C20: short for rib-tickle (vb)

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Word Origin and History for ribbing
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Medicine definitions for ribbing

rib

[ rĭb ]

n.

One of a series of long curved bones occurring in 12 pairs in humans and extending from the spine to or toward the sternum.

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Science definitions for ribbing

rib

[ rĭb ]

Any of a series of long, curved bones extending from the spine and enclosing the chest cavity. In mammals, reptiles, and birds, the ribs curve toward the center of the chest and in most cases attach to the sternum (breastbone). There are 12 pairs of ribs in humans. See more at skeleton.
One of the main veins of a leaf.
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Idioms and Phrases with ribbing

rib

see stick to the ribs.

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