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 Mixed in with the predictable bro-dude ribbing are several exchanges that puncture the collegial, competitive atmosphere. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Can Louis C.K. Spin His Troubles Into Art?," 3 Feb. 2020 Gould had absolutely no interest in sports and frequently withstood good-natured ribbing from colleagues about her lack of knowledge of the Packers, Brewers, Bucks, Badgers or any other team. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Influential former Journal Sentinel architecture critic Whitney Gould dies," 8 Dec. 2019 Even at home, Maffei can’t resist some competitive ribbing. Steve Knopper, Billboard, "Why the Music Industry Should Be Watching Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei's 2020 Moves," 10 Jan. 2020 Munz has taken some ribbing about the artist’s rendition – the football is pointing in the wrong direction. Melanie Burney, Philly.com, "Eagles fan gets Nick Foles tattoo to honor team & Super Bowl win," 8 Feb. 2018 Despite the repetition and the not-so-good-natured ribbing, the debating was wonderful. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The Tao of impeachment: The process is the point," 19 Dec. 2019 Here was one of the most popular, some light ribbing. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "People Are Using Google Translate to Drop Bubble Bursting Truths on Themselves and It's a Thing of Beauty," 22 Nov. 2019 But Harper and his wife say the fans in the seats at Washington's National Park went well past good-natured ribbing on Wednesday. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Bryce Harper was heckled by his old fans and his wife was not happy at all. Here's why," 26 Sep. 2019 But his ribbing did not address the president's handling of security affairs. Missy Ryan, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s abrupt withdrawal from Syria tests military’s ‘code of silence’," 20 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of ribbing

1592, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ribbing was in 1592

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8 Feb 2020

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“Ribbing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ribbing. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ribbing

: friendly jokes about someone
: raised lines on a surface

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