gibe

1

or jibe

[ jahyb ]
/ dʒaɪb /
||

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

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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