ribbing

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

rib +‎ -ing; meaning 'teasing', from the common practice of tickling the ribs to cause laughter.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

ribbing

  1. present participle of rib

Noun[edit]

ribbing ‎(countable and uncountable, plural ribbings)

  1. (uncountable) The action of the verb to rib.
  2. (countable, uncountable) A rib, or the collective ribs, on an object.
    • 1919, MacIver Percival, The Glass Collector: A Guide to Old English Glass (page 31)
      The decoration found on the stems are perpendicular ribbings, ordinary rounded mouldings, and perpendicular lobings.
  3. (countable) An instance of teasing.

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