Informal. vibration(def 4).
Often vibes. Slang. vibration(def 6).

Origin of vibe

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; by shortening



plural noun Informal.

Origin of vibes

First recorded in 1965–70; by shortening
Related formsvib·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vibe

Contemporary Examples of vibe

Historical Examples of vibe

  • He was talking quietly and without rancor, but he had a vibe like a basher.


    Cory Doctorow

  • I saw her feel the vibe from her phone, then look down at it and then back at me and nod vigorously.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for vibe



slang a feeling or flavour of the kind specifieda 1970s vibe

Word Origin for vibe

from vibration


pl n

informal (esp in jazz) short for vibraphone
slang short for vibrations
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Word Origin and History for vibe

1940, short for vibraphone; attested from 1967 as an abbreviated form of vibration in the 1960s slang sense of "instinctive feelings."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper