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 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
A great deal of nonsense has been written and talked about jibing, and it is commonly supposed to be a very dangerous maneuvre.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
- to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt
- a derisive or provoking remark
- a variant spelling of gybe
Word Origin and History for jibing
"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."