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gibe

verb \ˈjīb\

Definition of gibe

gibed or jibedgib·ing or jib·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to utter taunting words

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

gibe or jibe noun
gib·er or jib·er noun


Examples of gibe

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



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



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