\ ˈbib How to pronounce bib (audio) \
bibbed; bibbing

Definition of bib

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: drink


plural bibs

Definition of bib (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a cloth or plastic shield tied under the chin to protect the clothes
2 : the part of an apron or of overalls extending above the waist
3 : a patch of differently colored feathers or fur immediately below the bill or chin of a bird or mammal
4 : a piece of cloth, paper, or plastic with an identifying number that is worn by a participant in a race or contest a race bib

Definition of bib (Entry 3 of 3)

1 Bible
2 biblical

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Other Words from bib


bibbed \ ˈbibd How to pronounce bibbed (audio) \ adjective
bibless \ ˈbib-​ləs How to pronounce bibless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for bib

Synonyms: Verb

booze, drink, guzzle, liquor (up), lush (up) [slang], soak, tipple

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Examples of bib in a Sentence


the old professor has been known to bib on occasion

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These standards are pretty difficult—women ages 18 to 34, for example, had to run a qualifying marathon in about 3 hours, 30 minutes (or less) to snag a 2019 bib—and achieving them is considered a huge accomplishment in the running world. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "6 Things You Should Know Before Watching the 2019 Boston Marathon," 11 Apr. 2019 There were ten baby blankets and three shawls, lovingly homemade by wellwishers, with at least eight pairs of tiny baby socks, 14 booties, 14 vests and two bibs. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Baby Sussex's Gifts From Australian Fans Include 11 Stuffed Koalas and Three Boomerangs," 5 Apr. 2019 First came Timothée Chalamet at the Golden Globes, flanking his mother (who was dressed in Off-White) in a black sequin Vuitton harness that the brand’s public relations team later insisted should be called a bib. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Travis Scott Takes the Man Harness Into the Polar Vortex," 31 Jan. 2019 Here’s how to score a bib—plus four other marathons across the U.S., all great bets for first-timers, that offer easier entry. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "4 Ways to Get Into the NYC Marathon—Plus 4 Marathons That Are Much Easier to Enter," 6 Nov. 2018 Mirrored sunglasses, a black turtleneck (tucked under the bib and suspenders, of course), and a pair of Pumas completed the look. WSJ, "WSJ Readers On Their Most Regrettable Fashion Buys," 29 Oct. 2018 Wear your bib on the front of your shirt and do not cover under any layers such as a fuel belt for accurate timing. Matt Sabath, ajc, "What You Need to Know Before Running the AJC Peachtree Road Race," 28 June 2018 According to Runner’s World, 64 percent of entrants scored a bib to the 2015 race. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "4 Ways to Get Into the NYC Marathon—Plus 4 Marathons That Are Much Easier to Enter," 6 Nov. 2018 Sit at a table full of bags of shrimp, lobster, crawfish, mussels, crab, or another crustacean, don a bib and plastic gloves, peel (or crack) your food, and eat it with your hands., "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of bib


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bib


Middle English bibben

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The first known use of bib was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of bib

: a piece of cloth or plastic that is worn under a baby's chin while the baby is eating
: the part of a piece of clothing (such as an apron) that covers the area above a person's waist


\ ˈbib How to pronounce bib (audio) \

Kids Definition of bib

1 : a cloth or plastic shield fastened under the chin (as of a young child) to protect the clothes
2 : the upper part of an apron or of overalls

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