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Etymology 1

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Abbreviation for various words beginning in lib-.

Noun

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lib (countable and uncountable, plural libs)

  1. (politics) liberal
    own the libs
  2. liberation
    women's lib
  3. library
  4. libertarian
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Etymology 2

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From Middle English libbe, from Old English lybb, lyb (medicine, drug, potion, poison, charm), from Proto-West Germanic *lubi, 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).

Noun

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lib (plural libs)

  1. (UK dialectal, Scotland) A potion; magic potion; charm; concoction.

Etymology 3

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From Middle English *libben (suggested by libbyng (gelding), lybbere (gelder)), related to Dutch lubben (to castrate, emasculate), Dutch libbe (a steer), lubbert (a eunuch). Further relation uncertain. Possibly related to Old English *lybban (to doctor), from Proto-West Germanic *lubbjan; or perhaps related to Old English lappa, læppa (lappet, piece, section, lobe, portion, district). More at lop.

Verb

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lib (third-person singular simple present libs, present participle libbing, simple past and past participle libbed)

  1. (transitive, UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To geld; castrate; emasculate (usually said of animals).
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Czech

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Pronunciation

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Verb

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lib

  1. second-person singular imperative of líbit

Haitian Creole

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Etymology

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From French libre (free).

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Adjective

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lib

  1. free
  2. unoccupied
  3. loose (in morals)
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References

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  • Targète, Jean and Urciolo, Raphael G. Haitian Creole-English dictionary (1993; →ISBN)

Irish

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Pronoun

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lib

  1. Galway form of libh

Old High German

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Etymology

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From Proto-West Germanic *līb.

Noun

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līb m or n

  1. life
  2. livelihood
  3. body
  4. monastic life

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Masculine declension:

Neuter declension:

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Descendants

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  • Middle High German: līp, līph, līf, līb

Old Irish

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Pronunciation

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Pronoun

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lib

  1. second-person plural of la
    • c. 800, Würzburg Glosses on the Pauline Epistles, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1987, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. I, pp. 499–712, Wb. 14a8
      Níba cuit adíll ⁊ cucuibsi, acht ainfa lib, ar nídad foirbthi-si; it foirbthi immurgu Macidonii.
      It will not be merely a passing visit to you pl, but I will remain with you, for you are not perfect; the Macedonians, however, are perfect.

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Noun

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lib (nominative plural libs)

  1. freedom

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