jibe

1

or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb

[jahyb]Nautical
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

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.

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.

Origin of jibe

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

Synonyms for jibe

gibe

1

or jibe

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

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

Synonyms for gibe

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jibe

1

jib or jibb (dʒɪb)

verb, noun
  1. nautical variants of gybe

jibe

2
verb
  1. a variant spelling of gibe 1
Derived Formsjiber, nounjibingly, adverb

jibe

3
verb
  1. (intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize

Word Origin for jibe

C19: of unknown origin

gibe

1

jibe

verb
  1. to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt
noun
  1. a derisive or provoking remark
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 jibes

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.

gibe

v.

alternative spelling of jibe.

jibe

n.

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

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