\ 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 plurala 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

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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 So the whole room looks very sterile, which is not my vibe. Molly Longman,, "I’ve Delivered 40 Babies in The Heat Of The Coronavirus Pandemic," 29 June 2020 Customize Malatang also serves a la carte dishes and fried skewers, and definitely has a hip vibe with mostly young Asian Americans as clientele. Momo Chang,, "The malatang restaurant trend hit the Bay Area. Then came the coronavirus," 26 June 2020 Whether your vibe is traditional or midcentury, this accent mirror makes an elegant statement in the hallway or living room. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Wayfair is taking up to 70% off during its July 4th Clearance sale," 25 June 2020 Basically a spoof of every rap video ever made, the ads were brilliantly executed, with an old-school beat, a Run DMC vibe, and enough vehicle highlights to satisfy the dealers. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "Infamous Characters from TV Commercials," 25 June 2020 Was this vibe, this transforming of the house, working for me? Michael S. Hopkins, The Christian Science Monitor, "Zumba in lockdown," 24 June 2020 Prepping the new store took about three months and cost about $100,000 to customize the space to the diner vibe. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "Fountain Square favorite restaurant opens new location in the IUPUI area," 24 June 2020 Zenni With prices starting at $10, the Zenni Pride collection is an affordable way to bring some pizzazz to your overall vibe this summer. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "25 brands that are giving back for Pride Month," 22 June 2020 The RBC Heritage typically is held the week after the Masters and is known for its easy vibe after the first major of the year. Mark Heim |, al, "2020 RBC Heritage (6/18) live stream: How to watch online, TV info, time of PGA Tour event," 18 June 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Vibe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce vibe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of vibe

informal : a feeling that someone or something gives you

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