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Etymology 1[edit]

A jib, left, compared to a (roughly 150%) genoa jib, right.
Boat with four jibs set and a fifth furled.
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jib (plural jibs)

  1. (nautical) A triangular staysail set forward of the foremast. In a sloop (see image) the basic jib reaches back roughly to the level of the mast.
  2. (nautical) Usually with a modifier, any of a variety of specialty triangular staysails set forward of the foremast.
  3. The projecting arm of a crane
  4. (metonymically) A crane used for mounting and moving a video camera
  5. An object that is used for performing tricks while skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, inline skating, or biking. These objects are usually found in a terrain park or skate park.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Of uncertain origin.


jib (third-person singular simple present jibs, present participle jibbing, simple past and past participle jibbed)

  1. Of a horse, to stop and refuse to go forward.
  2. (figuratively) To stop doing something, to become reluctant to proceed with an activity.
    • 1992, Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety, Harper Perennial 2007, pp. 401-2:
      Some of us began to jib when the family began to collect portraits of their new son to decorate their walls [...].
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 318:
      The Parlement scarcely jibbed.




  1. rafsi of jibri.