ribbing

noun
rib·​bing | \ˈri-biŋ \

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

My kids have taken a little ribbing here or there over their names, predictably more so in middle school, where anything different is anathema. Maggie May Ethridge, Good Housekeeping, "I Gave My Kids Unusual Names, And Everyone Has an Opinion About It," 22 Apr. 2016 Surely, a man who Forbes lists as having a net worth of $6.2 billion can withstand a little light ribbing. Parker Molloy, The Verge, "Roasting Jack Dorsey’s beard may be petty, but it’s also part of a time-honored tradition," 7 Sep. 2018 Red Letter Media, for example, uses a similar low-key, non-malicious style of ribbing movies as MST3K, all couched in a pseudo-sketch comedy routine. Bryan Lufkin, Popular Mechanics, "Can Mystery Science Theater 3000 Thrive in an Age of Snark?," 14 Apr. 2017 Upstairs, in a quiet corner, Rupert Murdoch gave Ed Koch a ribbing, the irascible mayor — into his third term — cowed by a tabloid king still on his way up. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 But the event naturally included some ribbing, even from Amal. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "George Clooney has moved on to dirty-diaper pranks, says wife Amal," 8 June 2018 Costello, from Wethersfield and Central Connecticut State University, can look back and laugh at a slugger’s worst nightmare and take a little good-natured clubhouse ribbing. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Wethersfield's Ryan Costello Slugging His Way Through The Minor Leagues," 14 July 2018 At first glance, that seems to be the goal of Lean Cuisine's new nutrition program, which is taking a ribbing on social media, especially in South Louisiana. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "The latest weight-loss craze? A 'nutria coach'!," 17 Apr. 2018 But Trump found himself on the other end of the ribbing, too. Emily Heil, Washington Post, "At a white-tie Gridiron dinner, President Trump tries joking: ‘I like chaos’," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ribbing

1592, in the meaning defined above

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ribbing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ribbing

: friendly jokes about someone

: raised lines on a surface

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