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noun (1)

rib·​ber ˈri-bər How to pronounce ribber (audio)
plural ribbers
: a cook who prepares barbecued ribs
Award-winning ribbers will be serving up their smokin' hot, finger-lickin' good ribs, smothered in their mouth-watering secret sauce all weekend long, starting late Friday afternoon.Linda Holmes
Like every ribber, Kefalidis promises you they are the finest ribs you will ever taste, with fall-off-the-bone tenderness that will almost melt in your mouth.The (New Brunswick) Times & Transcript
: a knitting machine attachment that produces a ribbed stitch
The ribber is another bed or frame which sits at right angles to the first bed. The finished knitting goes between the two, allowing you to knit one row and purl the other.The Washington Post
There is a skill to making the socks … and about 50 people have registered for the convention's classes on such topics as using the ribber, fancy stitches and open work … and knitting mittens.The Oregonian


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noun (2)

plural ribbers
: one who ribs or pokes fun at others
Harry 'Mr. Fuji' Fujiwara … is mostly remembered by his wrestling cohort as one of the business' all-time greatest ribbers. A practical joker of the highest order, Fuji had virtually no limits when it came to pulling japes on the boys.Benjamin Richardson

Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ribber was in 1877

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“Ribber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ribber. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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