rib·​bing ˈri-biŋ How to pronounce ribbing (audio)
: an arrangement of ribs

Examples of ribbing in a Sentence

a little good-natured ribbing between friends the ribbing on a sweater
Recent Examples on the Web Wide ribbing creates a flattering silhouette that’s fitted and doesn’t cling, making this a perfect dress to take you from the office to drinks with friends. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 26 Oct. 2023 The Gray Man star was also bracing for some good-natured ribbing from his close friends. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023 And unlike the meta-melodramatics of her previous work, Sibyl (2019), there’s no ribbing or winking here. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 Oct. 2023 And has Powell maybe just pulled off the soft landing already? Despite taking a ribbing from Wall Street, the Fed Chair has already had a lot of success in navigating the U.S. economy towards the ideal outcome. Bywill Daniel, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2023 Adam Chong, the Korean American MC, calls out a Latino man and Asian woman in the multicultural audience for some good-natured ribbing. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2023 The feather on the sleeves of the 1974 jerseys has been replaced by the peak of a crown as a tribute to the Home Run King and features a ribbing pattern that mirrors the Presidential Medal of Freedom that Aaron received from George W. Bush. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 27 Mar. 2023 The ribbing on this one also gets extra style points. Emily Shiffer, Women's Health, 25 July 2023 Sherwin’s son, Alex, recalls his father’s unwritten book as a subject of frequent ribbing at the dinner table of the family’s Boston home. David Amsden, Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ribbing was in 1592

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“Ribbing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ribbing. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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