Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

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 of jibe1
1685-1695
1685-95; variant of gybe < Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen

jibe2

[jahyb] /dʒaɪb/
verb (used with or without object), jibed, jibing, noun
1.
gibe1 .

jibe3

[jahyb] /dʒaɪb/
verb (used without object), jibed, jibing.
1.
to be in harmony or accord; agree:
The report does not quite jibe with the commissioner's observations.
Origin
An Americanism dating back to 1805-15; origin uncertain
Synonyms
conform, accord, fit.

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
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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for jibe
Contemporary Examples
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

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

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for jibe

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for jibe

13
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for jibe