gybe

[ jahyb ]
/ dʒaɪb /
Nautical

verb (used with or without object), gybed, gyb·ing, noun

Can be confused

gibe gybe jib jibe jive

Definition for gybe (2 of 2)

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 gybe (1 of 4)

gybe

jibe

nautical

verb

(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

noun

an instance of gybing

Word Origin for gybe

C17: from obsolete Dutch gijben (now gijpen), of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for gybe (2 of 4)

jibe

1

jib or jibb (dʒɪb)

/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb, noun

nautical variants of gybe

British Dictionary definitions for gybe (3 of 4)

jibe

2
/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb

a variant spelling of gibe 1

Derived Forms

jiber, nounjibingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for gybe (4 of 4)

jibe

3
/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb

(intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize

Word Origin for jibe

C19: of unknown origin
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