bib1 /bɪb/


I. noun

1. a piece of cloth or plastic fastened round a child’s neck to keep its clothes clean while eating.
2. a loose-fitting sleeveless garment worn on the upper body for identification, especially by competitors and officials at sporting events.

the sponsor’s name printed on our bibs.
3. the part above the waist of the front of an apron or pair of dungarees.
4. a patch of colour on the throat of a bird or other animal.

a black bird with a white bib.
5. a common European inshore fish of the cod family. Also called pout2 or pouting.

Trisopterus luscus, family Gadidae.
II. phrases

1. one’s best bib and tucker

‹informal› one’s smartest clothes.
2. stick (or poke) one’s bib in

‹informal› interfere.
– origin late 16th cent.: probably from bib2.

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