\ ˈbib \
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 \ adjective
bibless \ ˈbib-​ləs \ 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

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 Now many women’s cycling bibs come with some form of pee-friendly drop-tail design. Amy Jurries, Outside Online, "The Best Bike Bibs for Women," 27 Apr. 2018 On Monday, the tiny tot wore a white bib, pursed her lips and narrowed her eyes while throwing an adorably menacing look at the camera as her mom took a selfie of the pair. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Kim Kardashian West Tries Wakeboarding for the First Time: 'This Is Way Harder Than It Looks!'," 5 July 2018 My socks and shoes were soaked already after a quick dash in to the registration building to collect my race bib. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Last race of Chilly Willy run series was a doozy," 5 Apr. 2018 The best gentleman farmer, in bib overalls, with starched shirts and a camera in one hand and a toddler in the other…trying to grow life and love in the soil God planted me in. Rory Feek, Country Living, "Rory Feek on Growing After His Wife Joey's Death—and Taking on the Garden She Loved so Much​​," 14 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


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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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