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Hanging and exposing on a gibbet.

GIB'BIER, n. [Fr.]

Wild fowl; game. [Not used.] Addison.

GIB-BOS'I-TY, n. [Fr. gibbosité, from L. gibbosus. See Gibbous.]

Protuberance; a round or swelling prominence; convexity. Ray.

GIB'BOUS, a. [L. gibbus; Fr. gibbeux; It. gibboso; Sp. giboso; Gr. κυφος, from κυπτω, to bend. Class Gb, No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.]

  1. Swelling; protuberant; convex. The moon is gibbous between the quarters and the full moon, the enlightened part being then convex. The bones will rise, and make a gibbous member. Wiseman.
  2. Hunched; hump-backed; crook-backed. Brown.


ln a gibbous or protuberant form. Eaton.


Protuberance; a round prominence; convexity. [This word is preferable to gibbosity.]


A mineral found at Richmond, in Massachusetts, and named in honor of George Gibbs, Esq. It occurs in irregular stalactical masses, which present an aggregation of elongated, tuberous branches, parallel and united. Its structure is fibrous, the fibers radiating from an axis. Its colors are a dirty white, greenish white, and grayish. Cleaveland.


A he-cat, or an old worn-out cat. Shak.

GIBE, n.

An expression of censure mingled with contempt; a scoff; a railing; an expression of sarcastic scorn. Mark the fleers, the gibes, and the notable scorns, / That dwell in every region of his face. Shak.

GIBE, v.i. [Sax. gabban; Fr. gaber; It. gabbare. See Gabble. The sense is probably to throw or cast at, or make mouths. But see Class Gb, No. 67, 79.]

To cast reproaches and sneering expressions; to rail at; to utter taunting, sarcastic words; to flout; to fleer; to scoff. Fleer and gibe, and laugh and flout. Swift.

GIBE, v.t.

To reproach with contemptuous words; to deride; to scoff at; to treat with sarcastic reflections; taunt. Draw the beasts as I describe them, / From their features, while I gibe them. Swift.


The Gibelines were a faction in Italy, that opposed another faction called Guelfs, in the 13th century. J. Adams.

GIB'ER, n.

One who utters reproachful, censorious and contemptuous expressions, or who casts cutting, sarcastic reflections; one who derides; a scoffer. B. Jonson.

GIB'ING, ppr.

Uttering reproachful, contemptuous and censorious words; scoffing.

GIB'ING-LY, adv.

With censorious, sarcastic and contemptuous expressions; scornfully. Shak.

GIB'LETS, n. [Qu. Fr. gibier, game, or Goth. gibla, a wing. See Gip.]

The entrails of a goose or other fowl, as the heart, liver, gizzard, &c.; a considerable article in cookery; as, to boil or stew giblets. It is used only in the plural, except in composition; as, a giblet-pie.


A staff to gauge water or to push a boat; formerly, a staff used in fighting beasts on the stage. Dict.

GID'DI-ED, pp.

Made to reel.

GID'DI-LY, adv. [See Giddy.]

  1. With the head seeming to turn or reel.
  2. Inconstantly; unsteadily; with various turnings; as, to roam about giddily. Donne.
  3. Carelessly; heedlessly; negligently. Shak.


  1. The state of being giddy or vertiginous; vertigo; a sensation of reeling or whirling, when the body loses the power of preserving its balance or a steady attitude, or when objects at rest appear to reel, tremble or whirl; a swimming of the head.
  2. Inconstancy; unsteadiness; mutability. Bacon.
  3. Frolick; wantonness; levity. Donne. South.

GID'DY, a. [Sax. gidig. Class Gd.]

  1. Vertiginous; reeling; whirling; having in the head a sensation of a circular motion or swimming; or having lost the power of preserving the balance of the body, and therefore wavering and inclined to fall, as in the case of some diseases and of drunkenness. In walking on timber aloft or looking down a precipice, we are apt to be giddy.
  2. That renders giddy; that induces giddiness; as, a giddy highth; a giddy precipice. Prior.
  3. Rotary; whirling; running round with celerity. The giddy motion of the whirling mill. Pope.
  4. Inconstant; unstable; changeable. You are as giddy and volatile as ever. Swift.
  5. Heedless; thoughtless; wild; roving. Rowe.
  6. Tottering; unfixed. As we have paced along / Upon the giddy footing of the hatches. Shak.
  7. Intoxicated; elated to thoughtlessness; rendered wild by excitement or joy. Art thou not giddy with the fashion too? Shak.

GID'DY, v.i.

To turn quick. Chapman.

GID'DY, v.t.

To make reeling or unsteady. Farindon.


Careless; thoughtless; unsteady. Olway.


A person without thought or judgment.