gib

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noun (1)

: a male cat
specifically : a castrated male cat

gib

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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

Gib

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abbreviation

variants or Gibr
Gibraltar

Word History

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Gib.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gib. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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