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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 of jibe1
1685-1695
1685-95; variant of gybe < Dutch gijben, more commonly gijpen

jibe2

[jahyb] /dʒaɪb/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), jibed, jibing, noun
1.
gibe1 .

jibe3

[jahyb] /dʒaɪb/
verb (used without object), jibed, jibing.
1.
to be in harmony or accord; agree:
The report does not quite jibe with the commissioner's observations.
Origin
1805-15, Americanism; origin uncertain
Synonyms
conform, accord, fit.

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
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.
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Examples from the Web for jibe
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  • He understands only too well the jibe and the sneer, and the tone of superiority, more offensive perhaps than either.

    Life of Charles Dickens Frank Marzials
  • Featherstone felt the jibe, but he was furious at the intrusion.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • We shall have to jibe before we can run in, and that is a manœuvre that must be nicely executed in such a sea-way as this.

    Practical Boat-Sailing Douglas Frazar
  • Ease up main and jib-sheets, boys, and stand clear for a jibe.

    The Pirate Island Harry Collingwood
  • We must jibe, or swing the mainsail over, which might result in a capsize.

    The Mistress of Bonaventure Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for jibe

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

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
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Word Origin and History for 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."

gibe

v.

alternative spelling of jibe.

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