Originally verb sense “drink heartily”, from Middle English bibben, either from Latin bibō (“I drink”) or of imitative origin. Noun sense (clothing) presumably either because worn while drinking, or because the clothing itself “drinks up” spills.
bib (plural bibs)
- An item of clothing for people (especially babies) tied around their neck to protect their clothes from getting dirty when eating.
- Similar items of clothing such as the Chinese dudou and Vietnamese yem.
- (sports) A rectangular piece of material, carrying a bib number, worn as identification by entrants in a race.
- (sports) A colourful polyester or plastic vest worn over one's clothes, usually to mark one's team during group activities.
- Synonym: pinny
- The upper part of an apron or overalls.
- (cycling) Shorts which are held up by suspenders.
- 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.
- A north Atlantic fish (Trisopterus luscus), allied to the cod.
- Synonym: pouting
- A bibcock.
- (transitive) To dress (somebody) in a bib.
- 1990, Don Aslett, Don Aslett's Stain-buster's Bible: The Complete Guide to Spot Removal:
- Wise women use them, but new fathers seldom seem to understand that one minute bibbing baby saves who knows how long swabbing, finding clean clothes, changing, and coddling later — not to mention laundry time.
- 2011, Dawn Atkins, The Baby Connection, page 101:
- Mel got Daniel into his chair and bibbed him up.
- (intransitive, archaic) To drink heartily; to tipple.
- 1535 October 14 (Gregorian calendar), Myles Coverdale, transl., Biblia: The Byble, […] (Coverdale Bible), [Cologne or Marburg: Eucharius Cervicornus and J. Soter?], OCLC 79441532, Micheas [Micah] ij:, folio xcij, verso, column 2:
- Iff I were a fleſhly felowe, and a preacher of lyes and tolde them that they might ſyt bebbinge and bollynge, and be droncken: O that were a prophet for this people.
- “bib”, in Collins English Dictionary.
- “bib”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
- “bib”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
- “bib” in the Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Clipping of bibliotheek.
bib f (uncountable)
- 1992, Rose Whitehurst, Noongar Dictionary, Noongar Language and Culture Centre (Bunbury, Western Australia)
- Danielle D’Offay et Guy Lionnet, Diksyonner Kreol - Franse / Dictionnaire Créole Seychellois - Français
bib (nominative plural bibs)
- Soft mutation of .
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.|