jib

verb
\ ˈjib \
jibbed; jibbing

Definition of jib 

(Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to refuse to proceed further : balk

jib

noun (1)

Definition of jib (Entry 2 of 3)

: a triangular sail set on a stay extending usually from the head of the foremast to the bowsprit or the jibboom also : the small triangular headsail on a sloop — see sail illustration

jib

noun (2)

Definition of jib (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the projecting arm of a crane

2 : a derrick boom

Other words from jib

Verb

jibber noun

First Known Use of jib

Verb

1811, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1661, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jib

Verb

probably from jib to shift from one side of a ship to the other, perhaps from jib entry 2

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

probably by shortening & alteration from gibbet

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The first known use of jib was in 1661

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jib

verb

English Language Learners Definition of jib

: to hesitate or refuse to do or accept something

jib

noun
\ ˈjib \

Kids Definition of jib

: a three-cornered sail extending forward from the foremast

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