verb (1)
\ ˈjīb How to pronounce jibe (audio) \
jibed; jibing

Definition of jibe

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

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


verb (2)

variant spelling of

intransitive verb

: to utter taunting words

transitive verb

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


verb (3)
variants: or less commonly
jibed also gybed; jibing also gybing

Definition of jibe (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

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 Defoethe 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

transitive verb

: 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

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Other Words from jibe

Verb (3)

jibe or less commonly gybe noun

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”).

Examples of jibe in a Sentence

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There are also moments of tragedy that jibe awkwardly with the show’s zany comic interludes. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Pose Lets In the Light," 12 June 2019 The Garmisch is, like many of the concepts BMW produced during that era, wildly atypical for the marque, overtly weird and experimental in a way that did not quite jibe with the stolid but delicate flow of vehicles in Munich's contemporary lineup. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, "BMW Reproduces Lost 1970 Garmisch Concept by Calling In Its Original Designer ,Marcello Gandini," 24 May 2019 Initially spotted by scouts thanks to the sole photo on her Instagram profile, Sanchez needed to be convinced that modeling could jibe with her personality. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Spanish Model Miriam Sanchez Went From Studying Business to Walking Vuitton," 16 Nov. 2018 At the time, current and former employees said his more-aggressive approach didn’t jibe with HSBC’s genteel culture. Margot Patrick, WSJ, "HSBC Taps Goldman Sachs Banker as Financial Institutions Chief," 5 Oct. 2018 And some workers are pushing back against their employers when their work with defense or other government agencies don’t jibe with their political viewpoints. Greg Bensinger And Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Tech Firms Should Face ‘Thoughtful’ Regulation, Lawmakers Say," 13 Nov. 2018 Revolutionary technology doesn’t jibe with the car industry’s business model, which is based on incremental improvements, slowly honing a proven product. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018 These findings jibe with the research of Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford. Teddy Wayne, New York Times, "Are My Friends Really My Friends?," 12 May 2018 The numbers pretty much jibe with recent statewide polls showing Newsom well ahead and the two Republicans battling for the second spot. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "In Bay Area, Newsom leads big in race for governor — 2 Republicans are next," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of jibe

Verb (1)

1813, in the meaning defined above

Verb (3)

1693, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for jibe

Verb (1)

origin unknown

Verb (3)

perhaps modification of Dutch gijben

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Kids Definition of jibe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

variant of gibe


\ ˈjīb\
jibed; jibing

Kids Definition of jibe (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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