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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


verb (used with or without object), jibed, jib·ing, noun
  1. gibe1.


verb (used without object), jibed, jib·ing.
  1. to be in harmony or accord; agree: The report does not quite jibe with the commissioner's observations.

Origin of jibe3

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; origin uncertain


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conform, accord, fit.


or jibe

verb (used without object), gibed, gib·ing.
  1. to utter mocking or scoffing words; jeer.
verb (used with object), gibed, gib·ing.
  1. to taunt; deride.
  1. a taunting or sarcastic remark.

Origin of gibe1

1560–70; perhaps < Middle French giber to handle roughly, shake, derivative of gibe staff, billhook
Related formsgib·er, noungib·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedgibe gybe jib jibe jive


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1. mock, sneer, gird. 2. ridicule, twit, fleer. 3. sneer, scoff, jeer.
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Examples from the Web for jibe

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Historical Examples

  • Gee whiz, Commodore, if you jibe over like that you'll go by the board.

    Peggy Stewart at School

    Gabrielle E. Jackson

  • He bowed his head in a misery so abject that Mata forbore to jibe.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa

  • Featherstone felt the jibe, but he was furious at the intrusion.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild

  • It was mean of me—yes, I must say it—it was mean of me to jibe you.

    The Jucklins

    Opie Read

  • Ease up main and jib-sheets, boys, and stand clear for a jibe.

    The Pirate Island

    Harry Collingwood

British Dictionary definitions for jibe


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



  1. to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt
  1. a derisive or provoking remark
Derived Formsgiber or jiber, noungibingly or jibingly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: perhaps from Old French giber to treat roughly, of uncertain origin


verb, noun nautical
  1. a variant spelling of gybe
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Word Origin and History for jibe


"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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