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jibe1

[jahyb] /dʒaɪb/
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.
Also, gibe, gybe, jib, jibb.
Origin
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for jibes

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 jibes

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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