Adjective "jib" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A triangular staysail set forward of the mast.
  1. 'Though there were as many misses as hits, the main sail, jib, and one other were burning.'
  2. 'The rig is fractional and most boats were sold with a mainsail and 120% jib as standard equipment.'
The projecting arm of a crane.
  1. 'Over the hangar mouth the jib of the winch can be spotted.'
  2. 'Either can be equipped with hydraulic jibs; this gives the operator extended horizontal and vertical reach on both of the cranes.'
  3. 'At least we know the roller-furled jib works, though overall it isn't exactly a great advert for Sunfast (the makers of the yacht).'
  4. 'The driver, who left the scene after the accident, jumped from the cab just seconds before the jib of the crane plunged down onto the seashore.'
  5. 'In that post I said that I managed to delete the photo of the JCB with the jib extended.'
  6. 'Overhead power cables broke the fall of the crane as the jib of the machine tore a gaping hole in the roof of the single storey premises.'
  7. 'In its ordinary sense it conveys to us an item of plant with a projecting boom or jib over which are braced lifting wires and pulleys.'
  8. '‘I first saw the jib and then it just crashed into the premises,’ he said.'
  9. 'A few seagulls circled, squawked at Joe, and two pigeons on the crane's jib watched him intently.'
  10. 'The 20-foot placing jib both rotates and articulates, allowing access to the pump discharge around corners and through windows.'


(of an animal, especially a horse) stop and refuse to go on.
  1. 'The horses slithered down the shallow bank and onto the glassy surface at a rapid trot, but the black was mistrustful of the insecure footing and jibbed skittishly.'
  2. 'American scholars have jibbed at adopting this usage, and many prefer terms without the denotative baggage of caste, such as ‘status groups.’'
  3. 'The amount cab owners pay for their licence could include a free access card, although few would jib at the £7 annual fee required to become a ‘gate’ user.'
  4. 'Mr. Gilmartin jibbed and commented that the demand made the Mafia look like monks.'
  5. 'But, although I jib slightly at the supernatural Skellig's curative powers and the sentimental conclusion, the story has legs as well as wings.'
  6. 'Perhaps if the heroic hymnic patriotism had been proposed, the sarcastic young firebrand of the piano concerto (etc.) would have jibbed.'
  7. 'It jibbed at invading England in 1940, though it did undertake a number of amphibious operations in the Baltic Sea in June 1941, and later in the Black Sea.'

More definitions

1. any of various triangular sails set forward of a forestaysail or fore-topmast staysail.Compare flying jib, inner jib.

2. the inner one of two such sails, set inward from a flying jib. adjective

3. of or relating to a jib: jib clew. Idioms

4. cut of one's jib, one's general appearance, mien, or manner: I could tell by the cut of his jib that he wasn't the kind of person I'd want to deal with.

More examples(as adjective)

"sheets can be jib."

"halyards can be jib."


(jib)Early 19th century: perhaps related to French regimber (earlier regiber) ‘to buck, rear’; compare with jibe.


the cut of someone's jib