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jibe

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[ jahyb ]
/ dʒaɪb /
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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.

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Origin of jibe

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An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; origin uncertain

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH jibe

1. jibe , jive2. jib, jibe

Definition for jibe (2 of 3)

jibe2
[ jahyb ]
/ dʒaɪb /

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

Definition for jibe (3 of 3)

jibe3

or gibe, gybe

[ 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.
Sometimes jib, (Older Spelling) jibb [jib] /dʒɪb/ .

Origin of jibe

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First recorded in 1685–95; variant of gybe, from Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen
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British Dictionary definitions for jibe (1 of 3)

jibe1

jib or jibb (dʒɪb)

/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb, noun

nautical variants of gybe

British Dictionary definitions for jibe (2 of 3)

jibe2
/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb

a variant spelling of gibe 1

Derived forms of jibe

jiber, nounjibingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for jibe (3 of 3)

jibe3
/ (dʒaɪb) /

verb

(intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize

Word Origin for jibe

C19: of unknown origin
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