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 jibes
Which jibes with my memory of renting it; it being a movie we had been wanting to see.Speak, Faulty Memory: Why Memoir Writing Is Harder Than You Think
April 3, 2013
Now the government has released a new version, hoping that jibes better with the modern era.China Updates Ancient Guide to Filial Piety
August 16, 2012
It also jibes with new thinking about the nature of autism called the “intense world” theory.A Radical New Autism Theory
May 11, 2009
To this she held true, despite the laughter and jibes of her friends.
Therefore, he studied for days that he might in a humorous way parry the jibes.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
She is the victim of jest and suspicion, and later of jibes and insults.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
He kept us awake until far into the night with his jibes and his laughter.IT and Other Stories
For once in his life Red had nothing to say in answer to the jibes and jeers of his mates.The Tale of Snowball Lamb
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 jibes
"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.
alternative spelling of jibe.
1560s, perhaps from Middle French giber "to handle roughly," or an alteration of gaber "to mock."