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verb, \ˈjīb\

Definition of gibe

gibed or jibedgibing or jibing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to utter taunting words

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to deride or tease with taunting words

gibe or jibe noun
giber or jiber noun

Examples of gibe in a sentence

  1. <teammates gibing each other when one fouls up an important play>

Did You Know?

Confused about "jibe" and "gibe"? The distinction actually isn't as clear-cut as some commentators would like it to be. "Jibe" is used both for the verb meaning "to be in accord," agree" ("jibe with") and for the nautical verb and noun ("jibe the mainsail," "a risky jibe in heavy seas"). "Gibe" is used for the verb "to deride or tease" and the noun "a taunting remark." But "jibe" is a recognized variant of "gibe," so it also has taunting or teasing uses. "Gibe" has been used occasionally as a variant of "jibe," but this use is very rare, and many people consider it to be an error.

Variants of gibe

or jibe \ˈjīb\

Origin of gibe

perhaps from Middle French giber to shake, handle roughly

First Known Use: 1567

Synonym Discussion of gibe

scoff, jeer, gibe, fleer, sneer, flout mean to show one's contempt in derision or mockery. scoff stresses insolence, disrespect, or incredulity as motivating the derision <scoffed at their concerns>. jeer suggests a coarser more undiscriminating derision <the crowd jeered at the prisoners>. gibe implies taunting either good-naturedly or in sarcastic derision <hooted and gibed at the umpire>. fleer suggests grinning or grimacing derisively <the saucy jackanapes fleered at my credulity>. sneer stresses insulting by contemptuous facial expression, phrasing, or tone of voice <sneered at anything romantic>. flout stresses contempt shown by refusal to heed <flouted the conventions of polite society>.

Rhymes with gibe

GIBE Defined for Kids



verb \ˈjīb\

Definition of gibe for Students

gibed or jibedgibing or jibing

  1. :  to speak or tease with words that are insulting or scornful :  jeer <They gibed the boy about his tattered clothes.>

Variants of gibe

or jibe \ˈjīb\




Definition of gibe for Students

  1. :  an insulting or scornful remark :  jeer <He tried to ignore their hurtful gibes.>

Variants of gibe

or jibe

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