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verb (used without object), gibed, gib·ing.
  1. to utter mocking or scoffing words; jeer.
verb (used with object), gibed, gib·ing.
  1. to taunt; deride.
  1. a taunting or sarcastic remark.

Origin of gibe1

1560–70; perhaps < Middle French giber to handle roughly, shake, derivative of gibe staff, billhook
Related formsgib·er, noungib·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedgibe gybe jib jibe jive


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1. mock, sneer, gird. 2. ridicule, twit, fleer. 3. sneer, scoff, jeer.


verb (used with or without object), gibed, gib·ing, noun
  1. jibe1.


or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb

verb (used without object), jibed, jib·ing.
  1. to shift from one side to the other when running before the wind, as a fore-and-aft sail or its boom.
  2. to alter course so that a fore-and-aft sail shifts in this manner.
verb (used with object), jibed, jib·ing.
  1. to cause to jibe.
  1. the act of jibing.

Origin of jibe1

1685–95; variant of gybe < Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen
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Examples from the Web for gibe

Historical Examples

  • Come, before he comes to gibe us for having heeded a moment.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • There came a new note into the woman's voice as she answered the gibe.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • But even that gibe hinted at a recklessness that matched her own and gave her comfort now.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • But not even that gibe could stir M. Binet out of his lethargy of content.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • To shock the one or gibe at the other were a blasphemy he simply couldn't contemplate.

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    Maurice Henry Hewlett

British Dictionary definitions for gibe



  1. to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt
  1. a derisive or provoking remark
Derived Formsgiber or jiber, noungibingly or jibingly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: perhaps from Old French giber to treat roughly, of uncertain origin


verb, noun nautical
  1. a variant spelling of gybe


jib or jibb (dʒɪb)

verb, noun
  1. nautical variants of gybe


  1. a variant spelling of gibe 1
Derived Formsjiber, nounjibingly, adverb


  1. (intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gibe


alternative spelling of jibe.



"agree, fit," 1813, of unknown origin, perhaps a figurative extension of earlier jib, gybe (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (see jib). OED, however, suggests a phonetic variant of chime, as if meaning "to chime in with, to be in harmony." Related: Jibed; jibes; jibing.



1560s, perhaps from Middle French giber "to handle roughly," or an alteration of gaber "to mock."

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