ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: gib

gib (gĭb), noun
1.  A male cat, especially a castrated one.
2.  A piece of wood or metal designed to hold parts in place or to provide a bearing surface, often adjusted by a screw or key.

Definition 1:  Middle English, 'Gib' is a variation of 'Gilbert', and apparently a common name for male cats back in the day.
Shakespeare used it in Henry IV:  “I am as melancholy as a gib cat or a lugged bear.”
Definition 2:  unknown, from the late 1700s.  If you google 'machine gib', numerous examples will be returned.
Tags: g, middle english, noun, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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