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noun (1)

: a male cat
specifically : a castrated male cat


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noun (2)

: a plate of metal or other material machined to hold other parts in place, to afford a bearing surface, or to provide means for overcoming looseness


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variants or Gibr

Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English, from Gib, nickname for Gilbert

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1561, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1795, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gib was in 1561

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“Gib.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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