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.

Nearby words

  1. gibbs, james,
  2. gibbs, josiah willard,
  3. gibbs, sir philip,
  4. gibbsite,
  5. gibbus,
  6. gibeon,
  7. gibeonite,
  8. giblet,
  9. giblets,
  10. 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

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British Dictionary definitions for giber

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
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Word Origin and History for giber

gibe

v.

alternative spelling of jibe.

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