rib·​bing | \ ˈri-biŋ How to pronounce ribbing (audio) \

Definition of ribbing

: 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 Many fans also took to Twitter to share their favorite Trebek moments over the years, including some of his best shots, as the game show host was particularly fond of a good-natured ribbing. Washington Post, "Fans share their favorite Alex Trebek and ‘Jeopardy!’ moments, from good-natured ribbing to emotional clips," 8 Nov. 2020 But back to the blanket itself: Chic as can be with thin ribbing, the 50- by 60-inch throw is also incredibly warm and soft. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The snuggliest blankets to wrap yourself up in this year," 5 Nov. 2020 And though filling up Trump’s Twitter replies with hexes may have been meant as dark internet ribbing, some people have taken the hexes seriously. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "Twitter Is Trolling Trump With Spooky Hexes," 7 Oct. 2020 Highly famous in his native Japan, award-winning designer Kunihiko Morinaga is known for daring concepts that merge art and fashion — such as a square box that becomes a trench coat when the box ribbing is taken out. Thomas Adamson, Star Tribune, "Kenzo gets the buzz at bee-themed Paris Fashion Week show," 30 Sep. 2020 Mary Landrum, 46, a children’s librarian from Lexington, Ky., shrugs off the mostly good-natured ribbing from family and friends. Jasmin Malik Chua, refinery29.com, "It’s 2020: Why Is The Pumpkin Spice Latte Still Part Of The Zeitgeist?," 25 Aug. 2020 Suspects were identified, while others are just happy the good-natured ribbing is back after a hiatus. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "The curious case of Alexander Rossi's tire-less golf cart: IndyCar drivers weigh in on paddock pranks," 21 Aug. 2020 Greenberg didn’t let the rare moment of levity go, bringing McElroy in at the end of the interview to react to Saban’s good-humored ribbing. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Greg McElroy warns about Nick Saban not being jovial, then Alabama coach delivers from top rope," 18 Aug. 2020 The pair often engage in playful social media ribbing, including a jab from Brady when Manning joined Twitter in May. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "ESPY Awards Poke Fun at Tom Brady with Tiger King-Inspired Spoof Starring J.K. Simmons," 21 June 2020

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First Known Use of ribbing

1592, in the meaning defined above

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“Ribbing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ribbing. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ribbing

: friendly jokes about someone
: raised lines on a surface

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