- 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 gibes
But we must make allowance for these girds and gibes at Democracy, of which we have given a specimen.The Book of Khalid
Whereat Socrates: When will you have done with your gibes, Callias?The Symposium
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.Roosevelt in the Bad Lands
jib or jibb (dʒɪb)
- nautical variants of gybe
- a variant spelling of gibe 1
- (intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize
- to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt
- a derisive or provoking remark
- a variant spelling of gybe
Word Origin and History for gibes
"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.
alternative spelling of jibe.
1560s, perhaps from Middle French giber "to handle roughly," or an alteration of gaber "to mock."