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

SYNONYMS FOR gibe

Related forms

gib·er, noungib·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confused

gibe gybe jib jibe jive

Definition for gibing (2 of 3)

gibe

2
[ jahyb ]
/ dʒaɪb /

verb (used with or without object), gibed, gib·ing, noun

Definition for gibing (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 gibing (1 of 5)

jibe

1

jib or jibb (dʒɪb)

/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb, noun

nautical variants of gybe

British Dictionary definitions for gibing (2 of 5)

jibe

2
/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb

a variant spelling of gibe 1

Derived Forms

jiber, nounjibingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for gibing (3 of 5)

jibe

3
/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb

(intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize

Word Origin for jibe

C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for gibing (4 of 5)

gibe

1

jibe

/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb

to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt

noun

a derisive or provoking remark

Derived Forms

giber 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 gibing (5 of 5)

gibe

2
/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb, noun nautical

a variant spelling of gybe
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