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vibe

[vahyb] /vaɪb/
noun
1.
Informal. vibration (def 4).
2.
Often, vibes. Slang. vibration (def 6).
Origin of vibe
1965-1970
An Americanism dating back to 1965-70; by shortening

vibes

[vahybz] /vaɪbz/
plural noun, Informal.
1.
Origin
First recorded in 1965-70; by shortening
Related forms
vibist, noun
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Examples from the Web for vibe
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  • He was talking quietly and without rancor, but he had a vibe like a basher.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow
  • I saw her feel the vibe from her phone, then look down at it and then back at me and nod vigorously.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for vibe

vibe

/vaɪb/
noun
1.
(slang) a feeling or flavour of the kind specified: a 1970s vibe
Word Origin
from vibration

vibes

/vaɪbz/
plural noun
1.
(informal) (esp in jazz) short for vibraphone
2.
(slang) short for vibrations
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Word Origin and History for vibe
n.

1940, short for vibraphone; attested from 1967 as an abbreviated form of vibration in the 1960s slang sense of "instinctive feelings."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for vibe

vibes 1

noun

A vibraphone or vibraharp (1937+ Jazz musicians)

vibes 2

noun

What emanates from or inheres in a person, situation, place, etc, and is sensed; chemistry, Karma: The vibes were good that morning for our reunion (1967+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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