jib

jib
jib
jib1 [jib]
n.
[prob. < GIBBET]
1. the projecting arm of a crane
2. the boom of a derrick
jib2 [jib]
vi., vt.
jibbed, jibbing [< Dan gibbe, to shift from one side to the other, jibe, akin to Du gijpen < IE ĝheib- < base * ghe-, to yawn > GAPE]
Naut. to jibe (a sail or boom)
n.
[Dan gib: so named because it jibs: see JIB2 the vi. vt.]
a triangular sail secured to a stay forward of the mast or foremast
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cut of one's jib
Informal one's appearance or way of dressing
jib3 [jib]
vi.
jibbed, jibbing [prob. < JIB2]
1. to stop and refuse to go forward; balk
2. to start or shy (at something)
n.
[prob. < JIB3 vi.]
an animal that jibs, as a horse
jibber
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.


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