2 [jib] Nautical.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), jibbed, jibbing, noun
Also, jibb.
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1 [jahyb] Nautical.
verb (used without object), jibed, jibing.
to shift from one side to the other when running before the wind, as a fore-and-aft sail or its boom.
to alter course so that a fore-and-aft sail shifts in this manner.
verb (used with object), jibed, jibing.
to cause to jibe.
the act of jibing.
Also, gibe, gybe, jib, jibb.

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

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jib1 (dʒɪb)
1.  nautical any triangular sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
2.  cut of someone's jib someone's manner, behaviour, style, etc
3.  obsolete
 a.  the lower lip, usually when it protrudes forwards in a grimace
 b.  the face or nose
[C17: of unknown origin]

jib2 (dʒɪb)
vb , jibs, jibbing, jibbed
1.  (often foll by at) to be reluctant (to); hold back (from); balk (at)
2.  (of an animal) to stop short and refuse to go forwards: the horse jibbed at the jump
3.  nautical variant of gybe
[C19: of unknown origin]

jib3 (dʒɪb)
the projecting arm of a crane or the boom of a derrick, esp one that is pivoted to enable it to be raised or lowered
[C18: probably based on gibbet]

jib4 (dʒɪb)
dialect (South Wales) (often plural) a contortion of the face; a face: stop making jibs
[special use of jib1 (in the sense: lower lip, face)]

jibe, jib or jibb1 (dʒaɪb, dʒɪb)
vb, —n
nautical variants of gybe
jib, jib or jibb1
vb, —n
jibb, jib or jibb1
vb, —n

jibe2 (dʒaɪb)
a variant spelling of gibe

jibe3 (dʒaɪb)
informal (intr) to agree; accord; harmonize
[C19: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

"foresail of a ship," 1661, gibb, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to gibbet, from notion of a sail "hanging" from a masthead. Or perhaps from jib (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (1693), from Du. gijben, apparently related to gijk "boom or spar of a sailing ship." Said to indicate a ship's character
to an observant sailor as a strange vessel approaches at sea; also nautical slang for "face," hence cut of his jib.

"agree, fit," 1813, of unknown origin, perhaps a figurative extension of earlier jib (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."

1567, perhaps from M.Fr. giber "to handle roughly," or an alteration of gaber "to mock."
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