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A baby bib
A baby wearing a bib while being fed
The bib of an apron
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Football players wearing red bibs during a match


Originally verb sense “drink heartily”, from Middle English bibben, either from Latin bibō(I drink), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₃-, or of imitative origin. Noun sense (clothing) presumably either because worn while drinking, or because the clothing itself “drinks up” spills.[1]



bib (plural bibs)

  1. An item of clothing for babies tied around their neck to protect their clothes from getting dirty when eating.
  2. Similar items of clothing such as the Chinese dudou and Vietnamese yem.
  3. (sports) A rectangular piece of material, carrying a bib number, worn as identification by entrants in a race
  4. (sports) A colourful polyester or plastic vest worn over one's clothes, usually to mark one's team during group activities.
  5. The upper part of an apron or overalls.
  6. A patch of colour around an animal's upper breast and throat.
    • 1950, Arthur Cleveland Bent, Life Histories of North American Wagtails, Shrikes, Vireos, and their Allies
      In summer the whole throat and breast are black, but in winter plumage the throat is white bounded by a horseshoe-shaped black bib.
    • 2011, Arthur Peacock, Gettysburg the Cat (page 22)
      He don't look anything like the captain. This here cat has got a nice thick black coat of fur with a nice white bib and white feet.
  7. A north Atlantic fish (Trisopterus luscus), allied to the cod; the pouting.
  8. A bibcock.

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bib (third-person singular simple present bibs, present participle bibbing, simple past and past participle bibbed)

  1. (archaic) To drink heartily; to tipple.
    He was constantly bibbing. — Locke.

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  1. ^ bib”, in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.




bib f (uncountable)

  1. abbreviation of bibliotheek.


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bib (plural bibs)

  1. bible, Bible


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