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gibe

1

or jibe

[ jahyb ]
/ dʒaɪb /
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verb (used without object), gibed, gib·ing.

to utter mocking or scoffing words; jeer.

verb (used with object), gibed, gib·ing.

to taunt; deride.

noun

a taunting or sarcastic remark.

RELATED WORDS

sarcasm, swipe, jab, dump, mockery, scoffing, taunt, jeer, dig, put-down, derision, slam, joke, sneer, comeback, scoff, flout, disrespect, deride, scorn

Nearby words

gibbs, james, gibbs, josiah willard, gibbs, sir philip, gibbsite, gibbus, gibe, gibeon, gibeonite, giblet, giblets, gibli

Origin of gibe

1
1560–70; perhaps < Middle French giber to handle roughly, shake, derivative of gibe staff, billhook
SYNONYMS FOR gibe
Related formsgib·er, noungib·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedgibe gybe jib jibe jive

Definition for gibe (2 of 3)

gibe

2
[ jahyb ]
/ dʒaɪb /

verb (used with or without object), gibed, gib·ing, noun

Definition for gibe (3 of 3)

jibe

1

or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb

[ jahyb ]
/ dʒaɪb /
Nautical

verb (used without object), jibed, jib·ing.

to shift from one side to the other when running before the wind, as a fore-and-aft sail or its boom.
to alter course so that a fore-and-aft sail shifts in this manner.

verb (used with object), jibed, jib·ing.

to cause to jibe.

noun

the act of jibing.

Origin of jibe

1
1685–95; variant of gybe < Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen
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British Dictionary definitions for gibe (1 of 5)

gibe

1

jibe

/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb

to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt

noun

a derisive or provoking remark
Derived Formsgiber or jiber, noungibingly or jibingly, adverb

Word Origin for gibe

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

British Dictionary definitions for gibe (2 of 5)

gibe

2
/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb, noun nautical

a variant spelling of gybe

British Dictionary definitions for gibe (3 of 5)

jibe

1

jib or jibb (dʒɪb)

/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb, noun

nautical variants of gybe

British Dictionary definitions for gibe (4 of 5)

jibe

2
/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb

a variant spelling of gibe 1
Derived Formsjiber, nounjibingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for gibe (5 of 5)

jibe

3
/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb

(intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize

Word Origin for jibe

C19: of unknown origin
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