noun \ˈjib\

Definition of JIB

:  a triangular sail set on a stay extending usually from the head of the foremast to the bowsprit or the jibboom; also :  the small triangular headsail on a sloop — see sail illustration

Origin of JIB

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1661

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay

Rhymes with JIB



Definition of JIB

:  the projecting arm of a crane
:  a derrick boom

Origin of JIB

probably by shortening & alteration from gibbet
First Known Use: 1764

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice



: to hesitate or refuse to do or accept something


Full Definition of JIB

intransitive verb
:  to refuse to proceed further :  balk
jib·ber noun

Origin of JIB

probably from jib to shift from one side of a ship to the other, perhaps from 1jib
First Known Use: 1811
JIB Defined for Kids


noun \ˈjib\

Definition of JIB for Kids

:  a three-cornered sail extending forward from the foremast
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