Meaning of RIB in English


I. rib 1 /rɪb/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ]

1 . one of the 12 pairs of curved bones that surround your chest:

She was taken to hospital with a broken arm and ribs.

He was punched and kicked in the ribs.

2 . a piece of meat that includes an animal’s rib:

a rib of beef

barbecued ribs

⇨ ↑ spare ribs

3 . a curved piece of wood, metal etc that is used as part of the structure of something such as a boat or building

II. rib 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle ribbed , present participle ribbing ) [transitive]

informal to make jokes and laugh at someone so that you embarrass them, but in a friendly way SYN tease

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