CUT OF HIS JIB DEFINITION
Monday July 20th, 2009
CUT OF HIS JIB
The slang term to describe a personís facial appearance or personality is derived from the eighteenth century method for determining the nationality of a ship from a distance. This was done by checking the number and shape of its jib sails. For instance French ships often had two small jibs whereas Spanish ships had one small jib or none at all.
Jib was also sailors slang for face and therefore someone saying 'I dont like the cut of his jib' could mean they were suspicious of them.