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or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb

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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


or jibb

verb (used with or without object), jibbed, jib·bing, noun
  1. jibe1.
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  • After enduring this life for several weeks, I managed to make my escape one day while Mrs. Jibb was cleaning my cage.

    The Joyous Story of Toto

    Laura E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for jibb


  1. nautical any triangular sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
  2. cut of someone's jib someone's manner, behaviour, style, etc
  3. obsolete
    1. the lower lip, usually when it protrudes forwards in a grimace
    2. the face or nose

Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin


verb jibs, jibbing or jibbed (intr) mainly British
  1. (often foll by at) to be reluctant (to); hold back (from); balk (at)
  2. (of an animal) to stop short and refuse to go forwardsthe horse jibbed at the jump
  3. nautical variant of gybe
Derived Formsjibber, noun

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin


  1. the projecting arm of a crane or the boom of a derrick, esp one that is pivoted to enable it to be raised or lowered

Word Origin

C18: probably based on gibbet


  1. (often plural) South Wales dialect a contortion of the face; a facestop making jibs

Word Origin

special use of jib 1 (in the sense: lower lip, face)


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
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Word Origin and History for jibb



"foresail of a ship," 1660s, gibb, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to gibbet, from notion of a sail "hanging" from a masthead [Barnhart, OED]. Or perhaps from jib (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (1690s), from Dutch gijben, apparently related to gijk "boom or spar of a sailing ship." Said to indicate a ship's character to an observant sailor as a strange vessel approaches at sea; also nautical slang for "face," hence cut of (one's) jib "personal appearance" (1821).



"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.



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

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