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

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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 If the former can get some catharsis from a wide-range of Republican-ribbing comedy shows, the latter deserve the same opportunity. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Review: At Milwaukee gig, Tim Allen shows why 'Last Man Standing' will be a hit once again," 23 June 2018 Their many sculptures turned them into bibles of stone while the ribbing and traceries added amazing decorative energy. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Viewing Europe’s Houses of Worship in Wild Detail," 4 Apr. 2018 But their friendship did not give Webb special dispensation from the typical veteran-rookie ribbing last season. Ben Baskin, SI.com, "Davis Webb Will Be Ready When It’s Time to Step Out of Eli Manning’s Shadow," 6 June 2018 The green uniforms include purple and gold ribbing around the sleeves and down the side of the shorts. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "Tulane unveils Mardi Gras-themed basketball uniforms," 30 Jan. 2018 As Markakis spoke to reporters in the dugout, Flaherty was taking batting practice and ribbing whichever Orioles came into his view in between rounds. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Braves' Nick Markakis greets Orioles in Atlanta amid career year," 22 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ribbing

: friendly jokes about someone

: raised lines on a surface

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