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jib2

or jibb

[jib]Nautical
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verb (used with or without object), jibbed, jib·bing, noun
  1. jibe1.
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jib3

[jib]Chiefly British
verb (used without object), jibbed, jib·bing.
  1. to move restively sidewise or backward instead of forward, as an animal in harness; balk.
  2. to balk at doing something; defer action; procrastinate.
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noun
  1. a horse or other animal that jibs.
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Origin of jib3

First recorded in 1805–15; perhaps special use of jib2
Related formsjib·ber, noun

jibe1

or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb

[jahyb]Nautical
verb (used without object), jibed, jib·ing.
  1. to shift from one side to the other when running before the wind, as a fore-and-aft sail or its boom.
  2. to alter course so that a fore-and-aft sail shifts in this manner.
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verb (used with object), jibed, jib·ing.
  1. to cause to jibe.
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noun
  1. the act of jibing.
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Origin of jibe1

1685–95; variant of gybe < Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen
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Examples from the Web for jibbed

Historical Examples

  • She left the yards peaceably enough, but jibbed at the river ford.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • They jibbed, ran away, sneaked off with their loads in the night—quite a mutiny.

    Heart of Darkness

    Joseph Conrad

  • The led horses, after their first fright, jibbed at the reins and struggled to get free.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Any other fellow with a spark of spirit in him would have jibbed.

  • Curious how he jibbed away from sight of his wife and child!


British Dictionary definitions for jibbed

jib1

noun
  1. nautical any triangular sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
  2. cut of someone's jib someone's manner, behaviour, style, etc
  3. obsolete
    1. the lower lip, usually when it protrudes forwards in a grimace
    2. the face or nose
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Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin

jib2

verb jibs, jibbing or jibbed (intr) mainly British
  1. (often foll by at) to be reluctant (to); hold back (from); balk (at)
  2. (of an animal) to stop short and refuse to go forwardsthe horse jibbed at the jump
  3. nautical variant of gybe
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Derived Formsjibber, noun

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin

jib3

noun
  1. the projecting arm of a crane or the boom of a derrick, esp one that is pivoted to enable it to be raised or lowered
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Word Origin

C18: probably based on gibbet

jib4

noun
  1. (often plural) South Wales dialect a contortion of the face; a facestop making jibs
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Word Origin

special use of jib 1 (in the sense: lower lip, face)

jibe1

jib or jibb (dʒɪb)

verb, noun
  1. nautical variants of gybe
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jibe2

verb
  1. a variant spelling of gibe 1
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Derived Formsjiber, nounjibingly, adverb

jibe3

verb
  1. (intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize
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Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jibbed

jib

n.

"foresail of a ship," 1660s, gibb, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to gibbet, from notion of a sail "hanging" from a masthead [Barnhart, OED]. Or perhaps from jib (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (1690s), from Dutch gijben, apparently related to gijk "boom or spar of a sailing ship." Said to indicate a ship's character to an observant sailor as a strange vessel approaches at sea; also nautical slang for "face," hence cut of (one's) jib "personal appearance" (1821).

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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.

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jibe

n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with jibbed

jib

see cut of one's jib

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