- to utter mocking or scoffing words; jeer.
- to taunt; deride.
- a taunting or sarcastic remark.
Origin of gibe1
Synonyms for gibeSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb
- 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.
- to cause to jibe.
- the act of jibing.
Origin of jibe1
Related Words for gibessarcasm, swipe, jab, dump, mockery, scoffing, taunt, jeer, dig, put-down, derision, slam, joke, sneer, comeback, scoff, flout, disrespect, deride, scorn
Examples from the Web for gibes
Historical Examples of gibes
But we must make allowance for these girds and gibes at Democracy, of which we have given a specimen.The Book of Khalid
Whereat Socrates: When will you have done with your gibes, Callias?The Symposium
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.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
But the man continued, in season and out of season, to make him the butt of his gibes.Roosevelt in the Bad Lands
jib or jibb (dʒɪb)
- nautical variants of gybe
- a variant spelling of gibe 1
- (intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize
Word Origin for jibe
- to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt
- a derisive or provoking remark
Word Origin for gibe
- a variant spelling of gybe
"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.
alternative spelling of jibe.
1560s, perhaps from Middle French giber "to handle roughly," or an alteration of gaber "to mock."