from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A piece of cloth or plastic secured under the chin and worn, especially by small children, to protect the clothing while eating.
  • noun The part of an apron or pair of overalls worn over the chest.
  • noun Bibbed overalls worn while skiing.
  • noun A piece of cloth or plastic bearing a number, usually worn over the chest or back, identifying a competitor in a race.
  • noun A patch of differently colored feathers or fur on the throat or chest of a bird or mammal.
  • transitive & intransitive verb To drink or indulge in drinking.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The most common name of the whiting-pout, Gadus luscus, a fish of the family Gudidæ. See blens, 2.
  • noun A cloth worn by children under the chin to keep the front of the dress clean, especially when eating.
  • noun A similar article worn by adults, especially as forming the upper part of an apron.
  • noun A curved vent or nozle used to alter the direction of the flow of liquids.
  • noun Nautical, same as bibb, the usual spelling in this sense.
  • To sip; tipple; drink frequently.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To drink; to tipple.
  • noun A small piece of cloth worn by children over the breast, to protect the clothes.
  • noun (Zoöl.) An arctic fish (Gadus luscus), allied to the cod; -- called also pout and whiting pout.
  • noun A bibcock.
  • intransitive verb To drink; to sip; to tipple.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An item of clothing for babies tied around their neck to protect their clothes from getting dirty when eating.
  • noun The upper part of an apron or overalls.
  • verb archaic To drink heartily; to tipple.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a napkin tied under the chin of a child while eating
  • verb drink moderately but regularly
  • noun top part of an apron; covering the chest


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably from Middle English bibben, to drink heartily, from Latin bibere; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Originally verb sense “drink heartily”, from Middle English bibben, either from Latin bibō ("I drink"), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₃-, or of imitative origin (onomatopoeia). Noun sense (clothing) presumably either because worn while drinking, or because the clothing itself “drinks up” spills.


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    October 8, 2008