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jibe

verb \ ˈjīb \
|Updated on: 5 Aug 2018

Definition of jibe

jibed; jibing
: to be in accord : agree usually used with with
  • a story that doesn't jibe with the facts

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jive vs. jibe

People began confusing jive and jibe almost immediately after jive entered our language in the late 1920s. In particular, jive is often used as a variant for the sense of jibe meaning “agree,” as in “that doesn’t jive with my memory of what happened.” This use of jive, although increasingly common, is widely considered to be an error. Jibe, however, is accepted as a variant spelling of an entirely different word, which is gibe (“to utter taunting words”).

Origin and Etymology of jibe

origin unknown


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jibe

verb

variant spelling of

: to utter taunting words
: to deride or tease with taunting words
  • gibed her about her weight

Other Nautical Terms


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jibe

verb
variants: or less commonly

Definition of jibe

jibed also gybed; jibing also gybing
1 : to shift suddenly and forcibly from one side to the other used of a fore-and-aft sail or its boom
  • was the most amazed when he saw me work the boat to and again in the sea by the rudder, and how the sail jibed, and filled this way or that way as the course we sailed changed
  • —Daniel Defoe
  • the cutter had lost all four foremost men by the violent jibing of a boom
  • —Herman Melville
2 : to change a vessel's course when sailing with the wind so that as the stern passes through the eye of the wind the boom swings to the opposite side
: to cause (a sail or vessel) to jibe
  • this maneuver was bound to force her to jibe her mainsail from one side to the other
  • —Jack London

jibe

or less commonly gybe noun

Origin and Etymology of jibe

perhaps modification of Dutch gijben


JIBE Defined for Kids

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jibe

Definition of jibe for Students


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jibe

verb \ ˈjīb \

Definition of jibe for Students

jibed; jibing
: to be in agreement Their explanations don't jibe.


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