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
Examples from the Web for gybe
So they ran before it largely till the bows were pressed right under, and it was no human poser that saved the gybe.Hills and the Sea
Gybe, or Jibe, to; to shift over the boom of a fore-and-aft sail.
The Phantom had to come about, and get on the right tack, for Guilford was too careful to gybe in that wind.The Yacht Club
- (intr) (of a fore-and-aft sail) to shift suddenly from one side of the vessel to the other when running before the wind, as the result of allowing the wind to catch the leech
- to cause (a sailing vessel) to gybe or (of a sailing vessel) to undergo gybing
- an instance of gybing
jib or jibb (dʒɪb)
- nautical variants of gybe
- a variant spelling of gibe 1
- (intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize
Word Origin and History for gybe
alternative spelling of jibe.
"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.
1560s, perhaps from Middle French giber "to handle roughly," or an alteration of gaber "to mock."