jibs; jibbed; jibbing

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."

Definitions of jib
  1. noun
    any triangular fore-and-aft sail (set forward of the foremast)
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    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
  2. verb
    shift from one side of the ship to the other
    “The sail jibbed wildly”
    synonyms: change course, gybe, jibe
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    type of:
    travel on water propelled by wind
  3. verb
    refuse to comply
    synonyms: balk, baulk, resist
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    type of:
    refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient
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