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gibe1

or jibe

[jahyb] /dʒaɪb/
verb (used without object), gibed, gibing.
1.
to utter mocking or scoffing words; jeer.
verb (used with object), gibed, gibing.
2.
to taunt; deride.
noun
3.
a taunting or sarcastic remark.
Origin of gibe1
1560-1570
1560-70; perhaps < Middle French giber to handle roughly, shake, derivative of gibe staff, billhook
Related forms
giber, noun
gibingly, adverb
Can be confused
gibe, gybe, jib, jibe, jive.
Synonyms
1. mock, sneer, gird. 2. ridicule, twit, fleer. 3. sneer, scoff, jeer.

gibe2

[jahyb] /dʒaɪb/
verb (used with or without object), gibed, gibing, noun
1.
jibe1 .

jibe1

or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb

[jahyb] /dʒaɪb/ Nautical
verb (used without object), jibed, jibing.
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, jibing.
3.
to cause to jibe.
noun
4.
the act of jibing.
Origin
1685-95; variant of gybe < Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen
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Examples from the Web for gibes
Historical Examples
  • But we must make allowance for these girds and gibes at Democracy, of which we have given a specimen.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Whereat Socrates: When will you have done with your gibes, Callias?

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • But they answered that they came not for gibes but for tears, that Balder might be saved.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • The giantess is kept there by the gibes of Atli till the daybreak.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker
  • But the man continued, in season and out of season, to make him the butt of his gibes.

  • Their tone of pity cut him, and left him raw to the gibes of his opponents.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • But the gibes of Newall and Parfitt were still rankling in his breast.

    The Hero of Garside School

    J. Harwood Panting
  • Took all their gibes and "dev'ling" quietly, and for the most part silently.

    "Run To Seed" Thomas Nelson Page
  • What to her were the calumnies—the gibes—that were heaped upon him?

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • Not even Yorick, with his “gibes” and “flashes of merriment”—not even he is spared.

    A Tramp's Wallet William Duthie
British Dictionary definitions for gibes

jibe1

/dʒaɪb/
verb, noun
1.
(nautical) variants of gybe

jibe2

/dʒaɪb/
verb
1.
a variant spelling of gibe1
Derived Forms
jiber, noun
jibingly, adverb

jibe3

/dʒaɪb/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (informal) to agree; accord; harmonize
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

gibe1

/dʒaɪb/
verb
1.
to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt
noun
2.
a derisive or provoking remark
Derived Forms
giber, jiber, noun
gibingly, jibingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Old French giber to treat roughly, of uncertain origin

gibe2

/dʒaɪb/
verb, noun (nautical)
1.
a variant spelling of gybe
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Word Origin and History for gibes

jibe

v.

"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.

gibe

v.

alternative spelling of jibe.

jibe

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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