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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 gibing

Historical Examples

  • Chatellerault was gibing, when my silence had endured some moments.

    Bardelys the Magnificent

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Flesh and blood could no longer stand his unmeaning, yet gibing platitudes.

    She and I, Volume 1

    John Conroy Hutcheson

  • Other students passed him, talking and laughing, gibing one another.

    Baseball Joe at Yale

    Lester Chadwick

  • It is the first time since he has appeared at the gathering that he is not gibing at someone.

  • The black eyes of Olive Henderson flashed flame at the gibing tone.

    A Changed Heart

    May Agnes Fleming

British Dictionary definitions for gibing


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



  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
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Word Origin and History for gibing



"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."

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