- Bribe Bribe (br[imac]b), n. [F. bribe a lump of bread, scraps,
leavings of meals (that are generally given to a beggar), LL.
briba scrap of bread; cf. OF. briber, brifer, to eat
gluttonously, to beg, and OHG. bilibi food.]
1. A gift begged; a present. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Not the bribes of sordid wealth can seduce to leave these ever?blooming sweets. --Akenside. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.