intransitive verbbibbed, bib′bing
Origin of bibMiddle English bibben from Classical Latin bibere, imbibe
- an apron-like cloth or plastic napkin tied under a child's chin at meals
- the front upper part of an apron or overalls
Origin of bibClassical Latin bibe
- 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: “The day my son Laurie started kindergarten he renounced corduroy overalls with bibs and began wearing blue jeans with a belt” ( Shirley Jackson )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, 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.