gibe

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

Definition of gibe

intransitive verb

: to utter taunting words

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from gibe

gibe or jibe noun
giber or jiber noun

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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," 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.

Examples of gibe in a Sentence

teammates gibing each other when one fouls up an important play
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "What is slowing down Jeff Bezos’ enormous rocket?," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of gibe

1567, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for gibe

perhaps from Middle French giber to shake, handle roughly

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11 Mar 2021

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“Gibe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gibe. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for gibe

gibe

verb
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.

gibe

noun
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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