A child at mealtime wearing a bib.
- A piece of cloth or plastic secured under the chin and worn, especially by small children, to protect the clothing while eating.
- a. The part of an apron or pair of overalls worn over the chest.b. Bibbed overalls worn while skiing.c. A piece of cloth or plastic bearing a number, usually worn over the chest or back, identifying a competitor in a race.
- A patch of differently colored feathers or fur on the throat or chest of a bird or mammal.
tr. & intr.v.bibbed bibbed, bib·bing, bibs
Origin of bibProbably from Middle English bibben, to drink heartily, from Latin bibere; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.
- also bib. biblical
(third-person singular simple present bibs, present participle bibbing, simple past and past participle bibbed)
- (archaic) To drink heartily; to tipple.
- He was constantly bibbing. — Locke.
Originally verb sense “drink heartily”, from Middle English bibben, either from Latin bibō (“I drink”), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₃-, or of imitative origin. Noun sense (clothing) presumably either because worn while drinking, or because the clothing itself “drinks up” spills.