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jib

2

or jibb

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

3
[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 jib

3
First recorded in 1805–15; perhaps special use of jib2
Related formsjib·ber, noun

jibe

1

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 jibe

1
1685–95; variant of gybe < Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen
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Related Words for jibbing

blanch, cower, flinch, recoil, grimace, cringe, dodge, swerve, turn, shy, start, blench, duck, quail, shrink, jib

Examples from the Web for jibbing

Historical Examples of jibbing

  • Jibbing, or “balking” as the Americans term it, is a detestable vice.

    The Horsewoman

    Alice M. Hayes

  • In other respects she should act as recommended in “Jibbing.”

    The Horsewoman

    Alice M. Hayes

  • But his time of jibbing at her platitudes was long since passed.

    Adrienne Toner

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • The horses took fright, and went prancing about, rearing and jibbing.

    The Flight of the Shadow

    George MacDonald

  • The vices which most commonly brought horses into coaches were jibbing and kicking.


British Dictionary definitions for jibbing

jib

1
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 for jib

C17: of unknown origin

jib

2
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 for jib

C19: of unknown origin

jib

3
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 for jib

C18: probably based on gibbet

jib

4
noun
  1. (often plural) South Wales dialect a contortion of the face; a facestop making jibs
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Word Origin for jib

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

jibe

1

jib or jibb (dʒɪb)

verb, noun
  1. nautical variants of gybe
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jibe

2
verb
  1. a variant spelling of gibe 1
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Derived Formsjiber, nounjibingly, adverb

jibe

3
verb
  1. (intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize
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Word Origin for jibe

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jibbing

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 jibbing

jib

see cut of one's jib

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