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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.
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Examples from the Web for jibing
Historical Examples
  • I had rude notions of steering, but jibing is a delicate operation.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • The bug-eye swerved and laid over, with the jibing of the booms.

    Jack Harvey's Adventures Ruel Perley Smith
  • In spite of himself Hopalong had to laugh at the jibing of his friend, the Kid.

    Hopalong Cassidy Clarence E. Mulford
  • To tell the saving lie, he had faced a jibing self-scorn; yet he continued to face it inflexibly.

    The Confounding of Camelia Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • jibing is the operation of passing a boom sail over from one side of the boat to the other when sailing off the wind.

    On Yacht Sailing Thomas Fleming Day
  • A great deal of nonsense has been written and talked about jibing, and it is commonly supposed to be a very dangerous maneuvre.

    On Yacht Sailing Thomas Fleming Day
  • The note was still there the next afternoon when, jibing our sail, we came abruptly on an unexpected scene.

  • Frank did not want to enjoy any sensation of a sudden kind and jibing, as he understood it, was always unexpected.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • jibing—Passing a sail from one side to the other when a vessel is sailing free.

    On Yacht Sailing Thomas Fleming Day
  • Such was the voice in her soul, which to HER senses seemed like that of some jibing demon at her elbow.

    Charlemont W. Gilmore Simms
British Dictionary definitions for jibing

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
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Word Origin and History for jibing

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.

gibe

v.

alternative spelling of jibe.

jibe

n.

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

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