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gibe1

or jibe

[jahyb] /dʒaɪb/
verb (used without object), gibed, gibing.
1.
to utter mocking or scoffing words; jeer.
verb (used with object), gibed, gibing.
2.
to taunt; deride.
noun
3.
a taunting or sarcastic remark.
Origin of gibe1
1560-1570
1560-70; perhaps < Middle French giber to handle roughly, shake, derivative of gibe staff, billhook
Related forms
giber, noun
gibingly, adverb
Can be confused
gibe, gybe, jib, jibe, jive.
Synonyms
1. mock, sneer, gird. 2. ridicule, twit, fleer. 3. sneer, scoff, jeer.

gibe2

[jahyb] /dʒaɪb/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), gibed, gibing, noun
1.
jibe1 .

jibe1

or gibe, gybe, jib, jibb

[jahyb] /dʒaɪb/ Nautical
verb (used without object), jibed, jibing.
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.
verb (used with object), jibed, jibing.
3.
to cause to jibe.
noun
4.
the act of jibing.
Origin
1685-95; variant of gybe < Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen
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Examples from the Web for gibe
Historical Examples
  • I felt sure he was seeking for some gibe, could think of none, and so was forced to silence.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • There came a new note into the woman's voice as she answered the gibe.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • If he could gibe and tease, she could bring him about with her cool audacity and comical dignity.

    Joyce of the North Woods Harriet T. Comstock
  • But even that gibe hinted at a recklessness that matched her own and gave her comfort now.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • “Clap on your headphones,” cried Bob, too intent on his discovery to pay any attention to the gibe.

  • To shock the one or gibe at the other were a blasphemy he simply couldn't contemplate.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Men always treat with derision the woman anxious for matrimony, and gibe equally at the spinster who fails to attain it.

  • He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer.

  • Then some British officers, who heard her, laughed as if the gibe had no point for them.

    In Hostile Red Joseph Altsheler
  • To the gibe about 'Muscular Christianity' Kingsley had his own answer.

    Victorian Worthies George Henry Blore
British Dictionary definitions for gibe

gibe1

/dʒaɪb/
verb
1.
to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt
noun
2.
a derisive or provoking remark
Derived Forms
giber, jiber, noun
gibingly, jibingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Old French giber to treat roughly, of uncertain origin

gibe2

/dʒaɪb/
verb, noun (nautical)
1.
a variant spelling of gybe

jibe1

/dʒaɪb/
verb, noun
1.
(nautical) variants of gybe

jibe2

/dʒaɪb/
verb
1.
a variant spelling of gibe1
Derived Forms
jiber, noun
jibingly, adverb

jibe3

/dʒaɪb/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (informal) to agree; accord; harmonize
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gibe
v.

alternative spelling of jibe.

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.

n.

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

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