Definitions

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

  • noun A movement that seeks to achieve equal rights for a group; liberation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An abbreviation of librarian;
  • of library;
  • of the Latin libra, pound.
  • noun An abbreviation of liber, 2.
  • To castrate.
  • noun A basket.

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

  • transitive verb obsolete To castrate.

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  • abbreviation liberal
  • abbreviation liberation
  • abbreviation library
  • verb transitive, Northern England, Scotland To geld; castrate; emasculate (usually said of animals).
  • noun Scotland A potion; magic potion; charm.

Etymologies

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Abbreviation for various words beginning in lib-.

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From Middle English libben, related to Dutch lubben ("to castrate, emasculate"), Dutch libbe ("a steer"), lubbert ("a eunuch"). Further relation uncertain. Possibly related to Old English *lybbian (“to doctor”), from lybb (see above); or perhaps related to Old English lappa, læppa ("lappet, piece, section, lobe, portion, district"). More at lop.

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From Middle English libbe, from Old English lybb ("medicine, drug, potion, poison, charm"), from Proto-Germanic *lubjan (“wort, herb, drug, poison”), from Proto-Indo-European *lewbʰ-, *lewb- (“to peel, break, damage”), from Proto-Indo-European *lew- (“to cut, remove, prune, separate”). Cognate with German Luppe, Lüppe ("salve, ointment, plant juice, medicine, magic"), Icelandic lyf ("medicine, drug").

Examples

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  • lib - to sleep.

    July 31, 2009