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jibe

1

or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb

[ jahyb ]
/ dʒaɪb /
Nautical
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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.

RELATED WORDS

harmonize, conform, correspond, dovetail, accord, square, fit, resemble, tally, go, match

Nearby words

jib-headed, jibaro, jibba, jibber-jabber, jibbons, jibe, jibouti, jibuti, jicama, jicarilla, jictar

Origin of jibe

1
1685–95; variant of gybe < Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen

Definition for jibe (2 of 4)

jibe

2
[ jahyb ]
/ dʒaɪb /

verb (used with or without object), jibed, jib·ing, noun

Definition for jibe (3 of 4)

jibe

3
[ jahyb ]
/ dʒaɪb /

verb (used without object), jibed, jib·ing.

to be in harmony or accord; agree: The report does not quite jibe with the commissioner's observations.

Origin of jibe

3
An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; origin uncertain
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Definition for jibe (4 of 4)

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
Related formsgib·er, noungib·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedgibe gybe jib jibe jive
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British Dictionary definitions for jibe (1 of 5)

jibe

1

jib or jibb (dʒɪb)

/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb, noun

nautical variants of gybe

British Dictionary definitions for jibe (2 of 5)

jibe

2
/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb

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

British Dictionary definitions for jibe (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 jibe (4 of 5)

gibe

1

jibe

/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb

to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt

noun

a derisive or provoking remark
Derived Formsgiber 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 jibe (5 of 5)

gibe

2
/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb, noun nautical

a variant spelling of gybe
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