Meaning of RIB in English


/ rɪb; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


[ C ] any of the curved bones that are connected to the spine and surround the chest :

a broken / bruised / cracked rib

Stop poking me in the ribs !

—picture at skeleton

—see also ribcage


[ U , C ] a piece of meat with one or more bones from the ribs of an animal

—see also spare rib


[ C ] a curved piece of wood, metal or plastic that forms the frame of a boat, roof, etc. and makes it stronger


[ U , C ] a way of knitting that produces a pattern of vertical lines in which some are higher than others :

a rib cotton sweater


see dig verb

■ verb

( -bb- ) [ vn ] rib sb (about / over sth) ( old-fashioned , informal ) to laugh at sb and make jokes about them, but in a friendly way

SYN tease



Old English rib , ribb (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rib(be) and German Rippe . The sense tease was originally a US slang usage meaning to fool, dupe (1930s).

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