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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 gibing
Historical Examples
  • The thing I do not like about him is his habit of gibing and jeering at his opponent while he is fighting him.

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

  • Caroline sped like levelled shaft from bent bow; after her rang a jesting, gibing laugh.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • I laughed heartily, for he was fighting himself again by gibing at me.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
  • Flesh and blood could no longer stand his unmeaning, yet gibing platitudes.

    She and I, Volume 1 John Conroy Hutcheson
  • The remainder of the sentence was lost in an outburst of gibing—and laughter.

  • Last night it had treacherously magnified the voice of conscience into a gibing roar.

    Diane of the Green Van Leona Dalrymple
  • We may safely presume that Captain Dew was gibing the chiefs.

  • So the hall was left empty, the fire was extinguished, and the people were railing and gibing.

    Browning's Heroines Ethel Colburn Mayne
  • There was no faintest tremor of bitterness or gibing in this.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for gibing

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

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
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Word Origin and History for gibing

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.

n.

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

gibe

v.

alternative spelling of jibe.

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