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Origin of vibes

First recorded in 1965–70; by shortening
Related formsvib·ist, noun


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

Origin of vibe

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for vibes


pl n
  1. informal (esp in jazz) short for vibraphone
  2. slang short for vibrations


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

Word Origin for vibe

from vibration
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Word Origin and History for vibes



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

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