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Definition of rib verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

rib

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//rɪb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪb//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rib
BrE BrE//rɪb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪb//
 
he / she / it ribs
BrE BrE//rɪbz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪbz//
 
past simple ribbed
BrE BrE//rɪbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪbd//
 
past participle ribbed
BrE BrE//rɪbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪbd//
 
-ing form ribbing
BrE BrE//ˈrɪbɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪbɪŋ//
 
 
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(ribbing, ribbed) rib somebody (about/over something) (old-fashioned, informal) to laugh at somebody and make jokes about them, but in a friendly way synonym tease He used to rib her mercilessly about her accent. Word Origin 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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