- to move restively sidewise or backward instead of forward, as an animal in harness; balk.
- to balk at doing something; defer action; procrastinate.
- a horse or other animal that jibs.
Origin of jib3
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 jibbed
She left the yards peaceably enough, but jibbed at the river ford.The Night Riders
They jibbed, ran away, sneaked off with their loads in the night—quite a mutiny.Heart of Darkness
The led horses, after their first fright, jibbed at the reins and struggled to get free.Sir Ludar
Talbot Baines Reed
Any other fellow with a spark of spirit in him would have jibbed.Two Daring Young Patriots
W. P. Shervill
Curious how he jibbed away from sight of his wife and child!The Forsyte Saga, Complete
- nautical any triangular sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
- cut of someone's jib someone's manner, behaviour, style, etc
- the lower lip, usually when it protrudes forwards in a grimace
- the face or nose
- (often foll by at) to be reluctant (to); hold back (from); balk (at)
- (of an animal) to stop short and refuse to go forwardsthe horse jibbed at the jump
- nautical variant of gybe
- 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
- (often plural) South Wales dialect a contortion of the face; a facestop making jibs
jib or jibb (dʒɪb)
- nautical variants of gybe
- a variant spelling of gibe 1
- (intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize
Word Origin and History for jibbed
"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."
Idioms and Phrases with jibbed
see cut of one's jib