gibe

verb \ ˈjīb \
variants: or

Definition of gibe

gibed or jibed; gibing or jibing
intransitive verb
:to utter taunting words
transitive verb
:to deride or tease with taunting words
  • gibed her about her weight

gibe

or jibe noun

giber

or jiber noun

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Examples of gibe in a Sentence

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

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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.

Origin and Etymology of gibe

perhaps from Middle French giber to shake, handle roughly

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

GIBE Defined for Kids

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gibe

verb
variants: or jibe \ˈjīb\

Definition of gibe for Students

gibed or jibed; gibing or jibing
:to speak or tease with words that are insulting or scornful :jeer
  • They gibed the boy about his tattered clothes.

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gibe

noun
variants: or jibe

Definition of gibe for Students

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


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