jib

A jib is a sail at the front of a sailboat. The triangle-shaped jib hangs in front of the boat's mast.

Some sailboats use only a jib to move, but most of them combine a main sail, which does most of the work, and a jib, which makes the boat more stable. Jib is also a verb, meaning "move to the opposite side of the ship" or "refuse to follow instructions." The old-fashioned compliment "I like the cut of your jib," or "I like the way you look," comes from nautical slang, in which jib meant "face."

Primary Meanings of jib

1.
nv
any triangular fore-and-aft sail (set forward of the foremast)
shift from one side of the ship to the other
2.
v
refuse to comply
Full Definitions of jib
1

n any triangular fore-and-aft sail (set forward of the foremast)

Types:
flying jib
the outermost of two or more jibs
Type of:
fore-and-aft sail
any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction

v shift from one side of the ship to the other

“The sail jibbed wildly”
Synonyms:
change course, gybe, jibe
Type of:
sail
travel on water propelled by wind
2

v refuse to comply

Synonyms:
balk, baulk, resist
Type of:
disobey
refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient

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