\ ˈvīb How to pronounce vibe (audio) \
plural vibes\ ˈvībz How to pronounce vibe (audio) \

Definition of vibe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a distinctive feeling or quality capable of being sensed This place has a good/bad vibe. She gave me a weird vibe. = She gave off a weird vibe. = I got a weird vibe from her. Though zebra print looks positively of the moment, it also conveys a groovy retro vibe.— Liana Satenstein and Madeline Fass seems to be in on every conversation, every deal, every vibe that is winging through the room— Albert Goldman often plural a place with good vibes [=vibrations]… You've been giving off such bad vibes around here that the geraniums in the break room are dying …— Ruth WalkerNow some of those closest to the former Disney star are sending positive vibes [=thoughts, wishes] her way via heartfelt social media messages …— Cole Delbyck… a smart, versatile collection of funk, pop, rock, and soul vibes.— Craig Jenkins


vibed; vibing; vibes

Definition of vibe (Entry 2 of 2)

1 intransitive, informal : to enjoy music … listeners vibed on her new release …— Allison Samuels … we were all just vibing to the beat …Rolling Stone
2 intransitive, informal : to be in harmony "They just vibed," says [Steve] Nash's agent, Bill Duffy. "They ended up hanging out, and there was some chemistry …"Sports Illustrated She said many things with which I agree, but I especially "vibed"… with her critique of the American democratic process …— Charles M. Williams
3 transitive, informal : to convey a sense of (a place, a feeling, etc.) I found that I loved the little town. In many ways, it vibed New York.— Isabel Gillies

Synonyms for vibe

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of vibe in a Sentence

Noun I got a weird vibe from her. a book by a professor of physiological science about her experiments with human energy fields and the vibes they emanate
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The city has a posh suburban bedroom community vibe. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 The Woodward Corners Market and Rivertown Market store concepts are part of Meijer's small-format stores designed to have a neighborhood grocer vibe. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 5 Aug. 2022 Co-owned by none other than Morgan Freeman, this club has an anything-goes juke vibe with a world-class stage, food, and fixins. Jim Beaugez, Rolling Stone, 1 Aug. 2022 Hoping this great-sounding food and drink has the vibe to match. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 27 July 2022 Gabby and Nate have a giggly, sweet vibe, and our Bachelorette seems very, very happy. Kristen Baldwin,, 19 July 2022 An elevator accesses all three levels of the gray and white-trim home, which has a New England coastal vibe. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 18 July 2022 The atmosphere in the nondescript parking lot has a communal vibe as people tailgate and eat their food. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2022 There are the dark, shadowy electronics, and your vocals have a more overt R&B vibe. Ryan Reed, SPIN, 22 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vibe


1967, in the meaning defined above


1971, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for vibe


short for vibration

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9 Aug 2022

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“Vibe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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