\ ˈlib How to pronounce lib (audio) \
plural libs

Definition of lib

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 informal
a : a politically liberal person : liberal entry 2 sense c The reason Obama keeps tilting left is that so many independents have dumped him and he has almost no chance of getting them back. So energizing libs for a massive turnout is his next-best hope.— Michael Goodwin
b Lib; plural Libs : a member or supporter of a Liberal political party : liberal entry 2 sense b Like their Labor counterparts, many young Libs found willing political patronage and slipped seamlessly onto the payrolls of MPs and some eventually entered Parliament themselves, to play politics on a bigger field.— George Morgan

Definition of lib (Entry 2 of 2)

1 liberal
2 librarian, library

Examples of lib in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Of course, there is a more concrete side to lib-owning, too. Grayson Quay, The Week, 30 Jan. 2022 Apt timing considering that the designer, author, and philanthropist has long been a symbol of women’s lib—avec glamour. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2021 Known informally as the World’s Most Famous Feminist, Gloria has been pushing the women’s lib rock uphill for 55 years. Karen Karbo, National Geographic, 25 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of lib


1970, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lib.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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