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

Definition of vibe

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: 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

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Synonyms for vibe

Synonyms: Noun

aura, chi (or ch'i), energy, ki, vibration(s)

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Examples of vibe in a Sentence


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 decorations were also in keeping with the wild west vibe, mixing bountiful floral arrangements with disco balls. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner Throw a Second Wedding in Wyoming," 24 June 2019 There’s a bit of a Moonlighting vibe between those two. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "Armchair Sleuths, Grab the Remote: Hallmark's Mystery 101 is Back," 21 June 2019 The game looks cool as hell — the art has a bit of a Samurai Jack vibe — and the gameplay is intensely addictive. Pete Keeley, The Hollywood Reporter, "E3: 6 Indie Games That Impressed," 15 June 2019 Perhaps befitting the European setting, Hemsworth has more of a James Bond vibe than Men in Black’s prior agents. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Men in Black: International Forgets What Made the Original So Great," 12 June 2019 The city that once saw so much strife is now a spirited hub of Irish culture, increasingly infused with an international vibe. National Geographic, "Ireland High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Reiche, in turn, volunteered to spend some time writing some creative ideas for the Origins universe, to give it even more of that classic Star Control vibe. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Stardock and Star Control creators settle lawsuits—with mead and honey," 11 June 2019 There's a bit of a Frou Frou vibe to this languid, romantic beat, but her slow, lilting delivery is so much more rooted in Brazilian music than indie pop could ever hope to be. Courtney E. Smith,, "New Music To Know This Week: Tei Shi Goes Back To Her Roots, Bleached Have Retro Jams & More," 7 June 2019 And yet, in spite of (or perhaps because of) its lack of pretension and insider-y vibe, the brand racked up top-tier stockists including Mr. Porter, Ssense, and Kith, and now enjoys a cult following around the world, particularly in Japan. Emily Farra, Vogue, "How Aimé Leon Dore Became the Coolest Store in Nolita," 14 May 2019

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First Known Use of vibe


1967, in the meaning defined above


1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vibe


short for vibration

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English Language Learners Definition of vibe

informal : a feeling that someone or something gives you

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