\ 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

Considered the Grande Dame of Florida’s West Coast, the Ritz Carlton, Naples is an institution in Southwest Florida, known for its emerald water, low-key vibe, but also where a very moneyed crowd both resides and likes to play. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...The Ritz Carlton, Naples," 3 May 2019 Also at Target, the rustic farmhouse vibe, currently popular indoors, can be brought to the porch. Kim Cook, The Seattle Times, "A small but social spot: Trends in front-porch decorating," 26 Mar. 2019 Merrill carved out a pantry and mudroom and added custom white oak cabinetry to give it a modern, comforting vibe. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Reath Design Crafts a Bright, Elegant Home for a Young Family," 22 Mar. 2019 Milk seemed to take advantage of the pep rally vibe, letting Briggs state his conservative talking points, then guiding him to expose his most radical views. Peter Hartlaub,, "Harvey Milk’s last fight: Found photos from landmark debate over gay teachers," 29 June 2018 The massive shelter retains a warehouse vibe -- noisy but highly organized, with scores of staffers leading skeins of boys to various activities. Bob Ortega, CNN, "What it's like inside the former superstore in Texas where the US is holding 1,400 immigrant children," 14 June 2018 Blues and dark, earthy tones are used to create a calming vibe throughout the collection. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "IKEA's New Summer Collection Is Designed to Help You Destress," 1 Apr. 2019 Her makeup — thin eye liner and silvery shadow — is straight out of the '80s, while the nudie brown lip is giving us more of a '90s vibe. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Chrissy Teigen’s New Bob Is Giving Us Scarface Vibes," 18 Mar. 2019 Layering rugs works especially well for large seating areas, an entryway that's void of character, or even a bedside that's in need of a more cozy vibe. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "What is a Jute Rug?," 20 Feb. 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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