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
Synonyms for jibe
- to utter mocking or scoffing words; jeer.
- to taunt; deride.
- a taunting or sarcastic remark.
Origin of gibe1
Synonyms for gibe
Related Words for jibingharmonize, conform, correspond, dovetail, accord, square, fit, resemble, tally, go, match
Examples from the Web for jibing
Historical Examples of jibing
I had rude notions of steering, but jibing is a delicate operation.The Riddle of the Sands
The bug-eye swerved and laid over, with the jibing of the booms.Jack Harvey's Adventures
Ruel Perley Smith
In spite of himself Hopalong had to laugh at the jibing of his friend, the Kid.Hopalong Cassidy
Clarence E. Mulford
To tell the saving lie, he had faced a jibing self-scorn; yet he continued to face it inflexibly.The Confounding of Camelia
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Jibing is the operation of passing a boom sail over from one side of the boat to the other when sailing off the wind.On Yacht Sailing
Thomas Fleming Day
jib or jibb (dʒɪb)
- nautical variants of gybe
- a variant spelling of gibe 1
- (intr) informal to agree; accord; harmonize
Word Origin for jibe
- to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt
- a derisive or provoking remark
Word Origin for gibe
- a variant spelling of gybe
"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."