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gybe

[jahyb] /dʒaɪb/ Nautical
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), gybed, gybing, noun
1.
jibe1 .
Can be confused
gibe, gybe, jib, jibe, jive.

jibe1

[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 of jibe1
1685-1695
1685-95; variant of gybe < Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen
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British Dictionary definitions for gybe

gybe

/dʒaɪb/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (of a fore-and-aft sail) to shift suddenly from one side of the vessel to the other when running before the wind, as the result of allowing the wind to catch the leech
2.
to cause (a sailing vessel) to gybe or (of a sailing vessel) to undergo gybing
noun
3.
an instance of gybing
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete Dutch gijben (now gijpen), of obscure origin

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 gybe

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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