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jib

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noun \ˈjib\

Definition of jib

  1. :  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

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jib

noun

Definition of jib

  1. 1 :  the projecting arm of a crane

  2. 2 :  a derrick boom



Origin of jib

probably by shortening & alteration from gibbet


First Known Use: 1764

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jib

verb

Simple Definition of jib

  • : to hesitate or refuse to do or accept something

Full Definition of jib

jibbedjib·bing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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


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