- 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 gibing
Chatellerault was gibing, when my silence had endured some moments.Bardelys the Magnificent
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
It is the first time since he has appeared at the gathering that he is not gibing at someone.The Complete Opera Book
The black eyes of Olive Henderson flashed flame at the gibing tone.A Changed Heart
May Agnes Fleming
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 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."