His eyes hardened for a moment, like those of a groom who is being defied by a jibbing horse.
jibbing, or “balking” as the Americans term it, is a detestable vice.
It showed her a quarter of a mile away, jibbing round and coming into the wind again.
In other respects she should act as recommended in “jibbing.”
The vices which most commonly brought horses into coaches were jibbing and kicking.
But his time of jibbing at her platitudes was long since passed.
You have ever some outlandish reason for jibbing and shying like a hot-blooded, half-broken colt.
The horses took fright, and went prancing about, rearing and jibbing.
You women need the lash more than we because you're more given to swerving and jibbing.
Restive, res′tiv, adj. unwilling to go forward: obstinate: jibbing back like a restive horse.
"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."