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jibe1

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.
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verb (used with object), jibed, jib·ing.
  1. to cause to jibe.
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noun
  1. the act of jibing.
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Origin of jibe1

1685–95; variant of gybe < Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen

jibe2

[jahyb]
verb (used with or without object), jibed, jib·ing, noun
  1. gibe1.
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jibe3

[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.
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Origin of jibe3

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; origin uncertain

Synonyms

gibe1

or jibe

[jahyb]
verb (used without object), gibed, gib·ing.
  1. to utter mocking or scoffing words; jeer.
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verb (used with object), gibed, gib·ing.
  1. to taunt; deride.
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noun
  1. a taunting or sarcastic remark.
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Origin of gibe1

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

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Related Words

harmonizeconformcorresponddovetailaccordsquarefitresembletallygomatch

Examples from the Web for jibing

Historical Examples

  • I had rude notions of steering, but jibing is a delicate operation.

    The Riddle of the Sands

    Erskine Childers

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for jibing

jibe1

jib or jibb (dʒɪb)

verb, noun
  1. nautical variants of gybe
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jibe2

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

jibe3

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

C19: of unknown origin

gibe1

jibe

verb
  1. to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt
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noun
  1. a derisive or provoking remark
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Derived Formsgiber or jiber, noungibingly or jibingly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: perhaps from Old French giber to treat roughly, of uncertain origin

gibe2

verb, noun nautical
  1. a variant spelling of gybe
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Word Origin and History for jibing

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.

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gibe

v.

alternative spelling of jibe.

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jibe

n.

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

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