gibe

1

or jibe

[jahyb]
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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.

Origin of gibe

1
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

Synonyms for gibe

gibe

2
[jahyb]

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

jibe

1

or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb

[jahyb]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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Examples from the Web for gibe

Historical Examples of gibe

  • Come, before he comes to gibe us for having heeded a moment.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • There came a new note into the woman's voice as she answered the gibe.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • But even that gibe hinted at a recklessness that matched her own and gave her comfort now.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • But not even that gibe could stir M. Binet out of his lethargy of content.

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini

  • To shock the one or gibe at the other were a blasphemy he simply couldn't contemplate.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett



British Dictionary definitions for gibe

gibe

1

jibe

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

gibe

2

verb, noun nautical

a variant spelling of gybe

jibe

1

jib or jibb (dʒɪb)

verb, noun

nautical variants of gybe

jibe

2

verb

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

jibe

3

verb

(intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize

Word Origin for jibe

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gibe
v.

alternative spelling of jibe.

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.

jibe

n.

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

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