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gibe1

or jibe

[jahyb]
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verb (used without object), gibed, gib·ing.
  1. to utter mocking or scoffing words; jeer.
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verb (used with object), gibed, gib·ing.
  1. to taunt; deride.
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noun
  1. a taunting or sarcastic remark.
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Origin of gibe1

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

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gibe2

[jahyb]
verb (used with or without object), gibed, gib·ing, noun
  1. jibe1.
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jibe1

or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb

[jahyb]Nautical
verb (used without object), jibed, jib·ing.
  1. to shift from one side to the other when running before the wind, as a fore-and-aft sail or its boom.
  2. to alter course so that a fore-and-aft sail shifts in this manner.
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verb (used with object), jibed, jib·ing.
  1. to cause to jibe.
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noun
  1. the act of jibing.
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Origin of jibe1

1685–95; variant of gybe < Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen
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Related Words

sarcasmswipejabdumpmockeryscoffingtauntjeerdigput-downderisionslamjokesneercomebackscofffloutdisrespectderidescorn

Examples from the Web for gibes

Historical Examples

  • But we must make allowance for these girds and gibes at Democracy, of which we have given a specimen.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Whereat Socrates: When will you have done with your gibes, Callias?

  • But they answered that they came not for gibes but for tears, that Balder might be saved.

    Told by the Northmen:

    E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton

  • The giantess is kept there by the gibes of Atli till the daybreak.

  • But the man continued, in season and out of season, to make him the butt of his gibes.


British Dictionary definitions for gibes

jibe1

jib or jibb (dʒɪb)

verb, noun
  1. nautical variants of gybe
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jibe2

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

jibe3

verb
  1. (intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize
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Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin

gibe1

jibe

verb
  1. to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt
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noun
  1. a derisive or provoking remark
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Derived Formsgiber or jiber, noungibingly or jibingly, adverb

Word Origin

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

gibe2

verb, noun nautical
  1. a variant spelling of gybe
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Word Origin and History for gibes

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.

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gibe

v.

alternative spelling of jibe.

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jibe

n.

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

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