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 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

    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

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

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 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.

gibe

v.

alternative spelling of jibe.

jibe

n.

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

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