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jibe

1

or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb

[jahyb]Nautical
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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

jibe

2
[jahyb]
verb (used with or without object), jibed, jib·ing, noun
  1. gibe1.
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jibe

3
[jahyb]
verb (used without object), jibed, jib·ing.
  1. to be in harmony or accord; agree: The report does not quite jibe with the commissioner's observations.
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Origin of jibe

3
An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; origin uncertain

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gibe

1

or jibe

[jahyb]
verb (used without object), gibed, gib·ing.
  1. to utter mocking or scoffing words; jeer.
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verb (used with object), gibed, gib·ing.
  1. to taunt; deride.
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noun
  1. a taunting or sarcastic remark.
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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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Related Words for jibe

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

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Contemporary Examples of jibe

Historical Examples of jibe

  • Gee whiz, Commodore, if you jibe over like that you'll go by the board.

    Peggy Stewart at School

    Gabrielle E. Jackson

  • He bowed his head in a misery so abject that Mata forbore to jibe.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa

  • Featherstone felt the jibe, but he was furious at the intrusion.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild

  • It was mean of me—yes, I must say it—it was mean of me to jibe you.

    The Jucklins

    Opie Read

  • Ease up main and jib-sheets, boys, and stand clear for a jibe.

    The Pirate Island

    Harry Collingwood


British Dictionary definitions for jibe

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

gibe

1

jibe

verb
  1. to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt
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noun
  1. a derisive or provoking remark
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Derived Formsgiber or jiber, noungibingly or jibingly, adverb

Word Origin for gibe

C16: perhaps from Old French giber to treat roughly, of uncertain origin

gibe

2
verb, noun nautical
  1. a variant spelling of gybe
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Word Origin and History for 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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n.

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

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gibe

v.

alternative spelling of jibe.

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