cut of one jib


1 [jib]
noun Nautical.
any of various triangular sails set forward of a forestaysail or fore-topmast staysail. Compare flying jib, inner jib. See diag. under ship.
the inner one of two such sails, set inward from a flying jib.
of or pertaining to a jib: jib clew.
cut of one's jib, one's general appearance, mien, or manner: I could tell by the cut of his jib that he wasn't the kind of person I'd want to deal with.

1655–65; origin uncertain Unabridged
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jib1 (dʒɪb)
1.  nautical any triangular sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
2.  cut of someone's jib someone's manner, behaviour, style, etc
3.  obsolete
 a.  the lower lip, usually when it protrudes forwards in a grimace
 b.  the face or nose
[C17: of unknown origin]

jib2 (dʒɪb)
vb , jibs, jibbing, jibbed
1.  (often foll by at) to be reluctant (to); hold back (from); balk (at)
2.  (of an animal) to stop short and refuse to go forwards: the horse jibbed at the jump
3.  nautical variant of gybe
[C19: of unknown origin]

jib3 (dʒɪb)
the projecting arm of a crane or the boom of a derrick, esp one that is pivoted to enable it to be raised or lowered
[C18: probably based on gibbet]

jib4 (dʒɪb)
dialect (South Wales) (often plural) a contortion of the face; a face: stop making jibs
[special use of jib1 (in the sense: lower lip, face)]

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Word Origin & History

"foresail of a ship," 1661, gibb, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to gibbet, from notion of a sail "hanging" from a masthead. Or perhaps from jib (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (1693), from Du. gijben, apparently related to gijk "boom or spar of a sailing ship." Said to indicate a ship's character
to an observant sailor as a strange vessel approaches at sea; also nautical slang for "face," hence cut of his jib.
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