- to utter mocking or scoffing words; jeer.
- to taunt; deride.
- a taunting or sarcastic remark.
Origin of gibe1
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or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb
- to shift from one side to the other when running before the wind, as a fore-and-aft sail or its boom.
- to alter course so that a fore-and-aft sail shifts in this manner.
- to cause to jibe.
- the act of jibing.
Origin of jibe1
Examples from the Web for gibe
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
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.Scaramouche
To shock the one or gibe at the other were a blasphemy he simply couldn't contemplate.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
- to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt
- a derisive or provoking remark
- a variant spelling of gybe
jib or jibb (dʒɪb)
- nautical variants of gybe
- a variant spelling of gibe 1
- (intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize
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."