Abbreviation for various words beginning in lib-.
From Middle English libbe, from Old English lybb (“medicine, drug, potion, poison, charm”), from Proto-Germanic *lubją (“wort, herb, drug, poison”), from Proto-Indo-European *lewbʰ-, *lewb- (“to peel, break, damage”), from Proto-Indo-European *lew- (“to cut, remove, prune, separate”). Cognate with German Luppe, Lüppe (“salve, ointment, plant juice, medicine, magic”), Icelandic lyf (“medicine, drug”).
lib (plural libs)
From Middle English libben, related to Dutch lubben (“to castrate, emasculate”), Dutch libbe (“a steer”), lubbert (“a eunuch”). Further relation uncertain. Possibly related to Old English *lybbian (“to doctor”), from lybb (see above); or perhaps related to Old English lappa, læppa (“lappet, piece, section, lobe, portion, district”). More at lop.
- (transitive, Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To geld; castrate; emasculate (usually said of animals).
Old High GermanEdit
līb m or n
- Middle High German: līp, līph, līf, līb