jibe

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[ jahyb ]
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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.

Origin of jibe

1
An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; origin uncertain

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Other definitions for jibe (2 of 3)

jibe2
[ jahyb ]

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

Other definitions for jibe (3 of 3)

jibe3

or gibe, gybe

[ jahyb ]

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.

verb (used with object),jibed, jib·ing.
  1. to cause to jibe.

noun
  1. the act of jibing.

Origin of jibe

3
First recorded in 1685–95; variant of gybe, from Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen
  • Sometimes jib, (Older Spelling) jibb [jib] /dʒɪb/ .

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How to use jibe in a sentence

  • I give you my word that that flat-iron jibed twice—once for practice, I jedge, and then for business.

    Cape Cod Stories | Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He spoke acidly of the seven hundred he had spent, and jibed at the decisions of the trustees in other matters.

    Twelve Men | Theodore Dreiser

British Dictionary definitions for jibe (1 of 3)

jibe1

jib or jibb (dʒɪb)

/ (dʒaɪb) /


verb, noun
  1. nautical variants of gybe

British Dictionary definitions for jibe (2 of 3)

jibe2

/ (dʒaɪb) /


verb
  1. a variant spelling of gibe 1

Derived forms of jibe

  • jiber, noun
  • jibingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for jibe (3 of 3)

jibe3

/ (dʒaɪb) /


verb
  1. (intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize

Origin of jibe

3
C19: of unknown origin

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