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bibbed; bibbing
: drink


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plural bibs
: a cloth or plastic shield tied under the chin to protect the clothes
: the part of an apron or of overalls extending above the waist
: a patch of differently colored feathers or fur immediately below the bill or chin of a bird or mammal
: 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
bibbed adjective
bibless adjective


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Examples of bib in a Sentence

Verb the old professor has been known to bib on occasion
Recent Examples on the Web
So bib up, chow down, and let your inner glutton romp. Rand Richards Cooper, Hartford Courant, 31 Jan. 2023
Because of the mess, most restaurants serve their boils with wet naps, paper towels and disposable plastic bibs. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2023 Show your team spirit in these stylish and comfortable Auburn Tigers plaid bib overalls. Mark Heim |, al, 13 Sep. 2023 From plaid bib overalls and car seat covers to T-shirts and coffee mugs adorned with quirky, unofficial slogans, there’s something out there for every fan. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 8 Sep. 2023 Keep scrolling for even more green bib overalls inspired by Jennifer Garner that will transition your wardrobe from summer to fall. Taylor Jean Stephan, Peoplemag, 27 Aug. 2023 Rutherford was dressed as an elderly man with gray facial hair and Eilish was dressed as a baby with a diaper and bib. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2023 Request everyone bring the baby a funny bib and bottle up a blend of homemade sauce for guests to take home as a memento from the day. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 30 June 2023 All participants will be given a t-shirt, racing bib, and medal for participating. Marina Johnson, Detroit Free Press, 6 Sep. 2023 On Tuesday, the Big Bang Theory star, 37, shared a sweet snap on Instagram of Matilda grinning for the camera in a white onesie and matching bib. Clare Fisher, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History



Middle English bibben

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Bib.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a cloth or plastic shield tied under a child's chin to protect the clothes
: the upper part of an apron or of overalls

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