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gib1

[gib] /gɪb/
noun
1.
a hooked prolongation that develops during the spawning season on the lower jaw of a male salmon or trout.
2.
Machinery.
  1. a thin, wedgelike strip of metal for controlling the area in which a moving part, as the table of a milling machine, slides.
  2. a keylike part having a head at each end, used with a matching cotter as a fastening.
3.
(in carpentry or ironwork) a heavy metal strap for fastening two members together.
verb (used with object), gibbed, gibbing.
4.
to fasten (parts) together by means of a gib.
Origin of gib1
1555-1565
1555-65; origin uncertain

gib2

[gib] /gɪb/
noun
1.
a cat, especially a male cat.
2.
a castrated cat.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English gib(be), short for Gilbert proper name

Gib.

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Examples from the Web for gib
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  • In Glenkindie, 'gib, his man,' is the vile betrayer of the noble harper and his lady.

    The Balladists John Geddie
  • De second year my business not good, and I only gib five dollars.

  • But when my ole massa—Heaben bless his spirit—sot me free, he gib me de right to use de boathouse so long as I pleased.

    Young Captain Jack Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
  • It certainly was not too much to say that gib was another creature.

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • De only way is ter support de preacher, gib yer money ter me, and I'll take yer sins on my shoulder.

  • But gib was never seen in the neighbourhood of Bensington again.

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • gib wiggled his way through and Dick handed him the searchlight.

    The Phantom Yacht Carol Norton
  • He got a bundle an' he say he got strict d'rections to gib it to missy.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • A small family—five in number—grew up around them, and gib purred tranquilly on the hearth.

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • Den he say, ‘Moonshine, gib me one glass grog, den I hab courage.’

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
British Dictionary definitions for gib

gib1

/ɡɪb/
noun
1.
a metal wedge, pad, or thrust bearing, esp a brass plate let into a steam engine crosshead
verb gibs, gibbing, gibbed
2.
(transitive) to fasten or supply with a gib
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin

gib2

/ɡɪb/
noun
1.
a male cat, esp a castrated one
Word Origin
C14: probably a shortening and alteration of the proper name Gilbert

Gib

/dʒɪb/
noun
1.
an informal name for Gibraltar
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Word Origin and History for gib

Gib

familiar abbreviation of Gilbert. As a typical name for a cat, from c.1400.

n.

type of iron hook, 1560s, of unknown origin. As a piece of wood or metal to hold something else in place, from 1795.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gib

GIB

adjective

Sexually proficient

[1980s+; fr good in bed]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for gib

Gib.

Gibraltar
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