\ ˈjīb How to pronounce gibe (audio) \
variants: or jibe
gibed or jibed; gibing or jibing; gibes or jibes

Definition of gibe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to utter taunting words

transitive verb

: to deride or tease with taunting words boxers gibing each other before a fight


variants: or jibe
plural gibes or jibes

Definition of gibe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a taunting remark … Rock made a gibe at the 50-year-old Pinkett Smith's shaved head …— Armani Syed The billionaire … has romped across the service hurling gibes and memes …— Mike Isaac and Lauren Hirsch Many of those struggling economically say Macron is out of touch, and a common gibe labels him the "president of the rich."— Monique El-Faizy To be sure, his jibes at CNN and other news outlets were an important part of his political persona from the start.— John Cassidy

Other Words from gibe


giber or jiber noun, plural gibers or jibers

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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" or "agree" (as in "the results do not jibe with those from other studies") and for the nautical verb and noun referring to the act of shifting a sail from one side to the other ("jibe the mainsail," "a risky jibe in heavy seas"). Gibe is used as a verb and noun for derisive teasing or taunting. But jibe is also a recognized variant of gibe, so it too has teasing or taunting uses. Gibe has been used occasionally as a variant of jibe, but the use is not common enough to warrant dictionary entry, and is widely considered an error.

Examples of gibe in a Sentence

Verb teammates gibing each other when one fouls up an important play
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the Space Force decision was announced six months ago, and suggesting it’s at fault for the New Glenn delay doesn’t gibe with Blue’s previous statements. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of gibe


1567, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1572, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gibe


perhaps from Middle French giber to shake, handle roughly


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23 Aug 2022

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“Gibe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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variants: or jibe \ ˈjīb \
gibed or jibed; gibing or jibing

Kids Definition of gibe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to speak or tease with words that are insulting or scornful : jeer The crowd gibed the umpire who made the bad call.


variants: or jibe

Kids Definition of gibe (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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