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jibe

verb

variant spelling of

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to utter taunting words

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to deride or tease with taunting words <gibed her about her weight>


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jibe

verb \ˈjīb\

Definition of jibe

jibed

also

gybed

;

jibing

also

gybing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 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

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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

noun

Variants of jibe

or less commonly

\ˈjīb\

Origin and Etymology of jibe

perhaps modification of Dutch gijben


First Known Use: 1693

Other Nautical Terms


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jibe

verb

Definition of jibe

jibed

;

jibing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to be in accord :  agree —usually used with with <a story that doesn't jibe with the facts>

Origin and Etymology of jibe

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1813


JIBE Defined for Kids

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jibe

Definition of jibe for Students

  1. variant of gibe


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jibe

verb \ˈjīb\

Definition of jibe for Students

jibed

jibing

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


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