from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A piece of cloth or plastic secured under the chin and worn, especially by small children, to protect the clothing while eating.
- n. The part of an apron or pair of overalls worn over the chest.
- n. Bibbed overalls worn while skiing.
- n. A piece of cloth or plastic bearing a number, usually worn over the chest or back, identifying a competitor in a race.
- transitive v. To drink or to indulge in drinking.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An item of clothing for babies tied around their neck to protect their clothes from getting dirty when eating.
- n. The upper part of an apron or overalls.
- v. To drink heartily; to tipple.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small piece of cloth worn by children over the breast, to protect the clothes.
- n. An arctic fish (Gadus luscus), allied to the cod; -- called also pout and whiting pout.
- n. A bibcock.
- transitive v. To drink; to tipple.
- intransitive v. To drink; to sip; to tipple.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sip; tipple; drink frequently.
- n. A cloth worn by children under the chin to keep the front of the dress clean, especially when eating.
- n. A similar article worn by adults, especially as forming the upper part of an apron.
- n. A curved vent or nozle used to alter the direction of the flow of liquids.
- n. Nautical, same as bibb, the usual spelling in this sense.
- n. The most common name of the whiting-pout, Gadus luscus, a fish of the family Gudidæ. See blens, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a napkin tied under the chin of a child while eating
- v. drink moderately but regularly
- n. top part of an apron; covering the chest
Probably from Middle English bibben, to drink heartily, from Latin bibere; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally verb sense “drink heartily”, from Middle English bibben, either from Latin bibō ("I drink"), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₃-, or of imitative origin (onomatopoeia). Noun sense (clothing) presumably either because worn while drinking, or because the clothing itself “drinks up” spills. (Wiktionary)