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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gib
A male cat; a tomcat.

Etymology: Abbreviated fr. Gilbert, the name of the cat in the old story of “Reynard the Fox”. in the “Romaunt of the Rose”, etc

verb Gib
To act like a cat.
noun Gib
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.

Etymology: Etymol. uncertain

verb Gib
To secure or fasten with a gib, or gibs; to provide with a gib, or gibs.
verb Gib
To balk. See Jib (v. i.)
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A castrated tomcat
  2. A unit of information equal to 1024 mebibytes or 2^30 (1,073,741,824) bytes

Unknown (18th century). Perhaps abbreviated from Gilbert, the name of the cat in the old story of Reynard the Fox, in the Romaunt of the Rose, etc.

  1. A bolt or wedge made from wood or metal used for holding a machine part in place.
  2. A castrated male cat or ferret.
  3. A male cat; a tomcat.

Shortened from giblet.

  1. (video games) Miscellaneous pieces of a fragged character, most often in first-person shooters.

From the trademark GIB, registered by Fletcher Building Holdings Limited, the major brand of plasterboard in New Zealand.

  1. (New Zealand) plasterboard.

    gib was also found in the following language(s): German, Lower Sorbian, and Serbo-Croatian

    Notable Persons Named Gib

    Gib Guilbeau is a country rock, cajun music, folk rock, outlaw country, bakersfield sound, and americana (music) musician. He plays Human voice, Fiddle, Guitar, and Mandolin. His career lasted from 1960 to 1990. Gib was given the name Floyd August Guilbeau on September 26th, 1937 in Sunset, Louisiana.


    Gib was born on October 19th, 1968.


    Gib Shanley was a nfl radio announcer, sports commentator, and tv sports anchor. Gib was given the name Gibson R. Shanley on August 6th, 1931 in Bellaire, Ohio, U.S. He breathed his last breath on April 6th, 2008.


    Gib Mihăescu was a novel and drama writer. Gib was born on April 23rd, 1894 in Drăgășani. They died on October 19th, 1935.


    Gib was born on August 27th, 1930 in Bisbee, Arizona. He left this life on July 30th, 2005.


    Gib Cool was a football player. Gib was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania. He died in 1933.


    Fun Facts about the name Gib

    • How Popular is the name Gib? Gib is the 46,914th most popular name of all time.
    • How many people with the first name Gib have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 51 babies born with the first name Gib in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gib? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1930 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Gib first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gib is Thursday, October 6th, 1870.
    • What year had the most people named Gib born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gib was in 1960 with a total of 7 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Gib: Your name in reverse order is Big. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Igb. How do you pronounce that?

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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