or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb
- 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.
- to cause to jibe.
- the act of jibing.
Origin of jibe1
- to be in harmony or accord; agree: The report does not quite jibe with the commissioner's observations.
Origin of jibe3
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- to utter mocking or scoffing words; jeer.
- to taunt; deride.
- a taunting or sarcastic remark.
Origin of gibe1
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Examples from the Web for jibe
This jibe comes after ads in which Davis attacked the paralyzed Abbot for not caring about other wheelchair-bound Texans.Why D.C. Wants an Election About Nothing
October 23, 2014
But when that clinical research does not jibe with AHA dogma, it is ignored.The AHA’s Absurd Saturated Fat Obsession
Dr. Barbara H. Roberts
June 3, 2014
This factor seems to jibe with our overall rankings more than any other component.Hot U.S. Cities That Offer Both Jobs and Culture Are Mostly Southern and Modest Sized
Joel Kotkin, Wendell Cox
July 30, 2013
Nor does it jibe with Habayit Hayehudi's long-standing preference to harness the Housing Ministry for settlement building.The Single Issue Postponing Israeli Politics
March 4, 2013
The jibe is off-key too because Wilde himself was hardly immune to the sentimental and even the mawkish.Charles Dickens' Enduring Insights on Human Loss and Suffering
February 18, 2013
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
It was mean of me—yes, I must say it—it was mean of me to jibe you.The Jucklins
Ease up main and jib-sheets, boys, and stand clear for a jibe.The Pirate Island
jib or jibb (dʒɪb)
- nautical variants of gybe
- a variant spelling of gibe 1
- (intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize
- to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt
- a derisive or provoking remark
- a variant spelling of gybe
Word Origin and History for jibe
"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.
1560s, perhaps from Middle French giber "to handle roughly," or an alteration of gaber "to mock."
alternative spelling of jibe.