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

  • n. A plain or notched, often wedge-shaped piece of wood or metal designed to hold parts of a machine or structure in place or provide a bearing surface, usually adjusted by a screw or key.
  • transitive v. To fasten with a gib.
  • n. A male cat, especially a castrated one.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bolt or wedge made from wood or metal used for holding a machine part in place.
  • n. A castrated male cat or ferret.
  • v. To fasten in place with a gib.
  • n. Miscellaneous pieces of a fragged character, most often in first-person shooters.
  • v. To blast an enemy or opponent into gibs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A male cat; a tomcat.
  • n. A piece or slip of metal or wood, notched or otherwise, in a machine or structure, to hold other parts in place or bind them together, or to afford a bearing surface; -- usually held or adjusted by means of a wedge, key, or screw.
  • intransitive v. To act like a cat.
  • intransitive v. To balk. See jib, v. i.
  • transitive v. To secure or fasten with a gib, or gibs; to provide with a gib, or gibs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To behave like a cat.
  • To castrate, as a cat.
  • To eviscerate or disembowel, as a fish. Also gip.
  • n. A hooked stick.
  • n. A wooden support for the roof of a coal-mine.
  • n. A piece of iron used to clasp together the pieces of wood or iron of a framing which is to be keyed.
  • n. In steam-mach., a fixed wedge used with the driving-wedge or key to tighten the strap which holds the brasses at the end of a connecting-rod.
  • n. The projecting arm of a crane; a gibbet. Also jib.
  • n. A familiar name for a cat; hence, as a generic name, any cat, especially an old cat: commonly used for the male.
  • n. The wedge or adjusting-shoe by which wear is taken up at a sliding contact, such as a cross-head moving on guides.
  • n. A prism.
  • n. The hooked mandible of the male salmon or trout which is formed during the breeding-season.

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

  • n. a castrated tomcat
  • n. a unit of information equal to 1024 mebibytes or 2^30 (1,073,741,824) bytes


Origin unknown.
Middle English, probably short for the personal name Gilbert.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown origin (18th century) (Wiktionary)
Shortened from giblet. (Wiktionary)


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  • Mammy said dat de white folkses wuz good ter dem an 'gib 'em good food an' clothes.

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  • Ef de gubment won't take keer o 'de darkeys y'her, an' gib 'em a white man's chance, dey'll run away, jes 'ez dey did in slave times.

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  • Dey du say dat when he used ter buy a boy er gal de berry fust ting he wuz gwine ter du wuz jes ter hev 'em up an 'gib 'em a new name, out' n out, an 'a clean suit ob close ter

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  • Dey du say dat when he used ter buy a boy er gal de berry fust ting he wuz gwine ter du wuz jes ter hev 'em up an 'gib 'em a new name, out' n out, an 'a clean suit ob close ter' member it by; an 'den, jes by way ob a little' freshment, he used ter make de oberseer gib 'em ten er twenty good licks, jes ter make sure ob der fergittin 'de ole un dat dey'd hed afo'.

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  • "Dey taught o 'dat: so dey's gwine to leabe one man at de fawks wid a good hoss to come down whichever road you don't take, an' gib 'em warnin ', leastwise ef you takes de upper road, which dey don't' spect, cos you come de lower one.

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  • Are you about to 'gib' after all, just as I was flattering myself that I had broken you in to go quietly in harness? "


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  • I like the cut of your gib, or possibly jib, you like to get to the meat of the action.

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  • Or ferret.

    January 3, 2007