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

Example Sentences

a little good-natured ribbing between friends the ribbing on a sweater
Recent Examples on the Web Sandler’s mom, Judy, and his wife, Jackie, also joined in on the good-natured ribbing. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2023 The banter, the ribbing, the sitting together at a fish shack on a Friday evening, the regular golf and tennis games, the making a whole television show together—there’s nothing about any of this that’s a given, in any family. Ryan D'agostino, Men's Health, 14 Mar. 2023 In a monologue that otherwise steered mostly clear of controversy, feeling like a throwback to the Billy Crystal style of gentle Oscar ribbing, Kimmel tweaked the academy for its handling of the incident and its aftermath. From Wire Reports, Dallas News, 12 Mar. 2023 There was laughter, encouragement, some gentle ribbing. Rick Maese, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Feb. 2023 But the ribbing was seemingly lighthearted as Eagles fans laughed and Richter stopped to take a bow as he was heckled by a mob of green-shirted partiers. Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 12 Feb. 2023 But this bag immediately draws the eye, thanks to the narrow-set ribbing between two leather stripes. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 25 Jan. 2023 Work a 1-by-1 ribbing by alternating knit and purl stitches until the piece measures one inch. Connie Chang, Popular Mechanics, 14 Dec. 2022 The Gray Man star is also bracing for some good-natured ribbing from his close friends. Kara Warner, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

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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 28 Mar. 2023.

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