noun (1)
\ ˈvīb How to pronounce vibe (audio) \
plural vibes\ ˈvībz How to pronounce vibe (audio) \

Definition of vibe

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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 He 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


noun (2)
plural vibes

Definition of vibe (Entry 2 of 3)

: vibraphone … she plays the vibe … for the Marching Eagles band …— Sandra Baer "… I played the chords. He played the vibe. And suddenly, I had a new song. It was cool."— Rob Lutes, quoted in The (Montreal) Gazette usually used in plural While [Nick] Parnell's previous shows showcased his versatility on a battery of percussion instruments, for the past five years his focus has increasingly shifted to the vibraphone, or "vibes" as it is known.— Patrick McDonaldThe tune's opening featured melodic statements transitioning seamlessly between piano and vibes— David Picker


vibed; vibing; vibes

Definition of vibe (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Other Words from vibe

Noun (2)

vibist \ ˈvī-​bist How to pronounce vibe (audio) \ noun, plural vibists
A vibist who has been around many years without getting much limelight, [Ray] Alexander has a bright sound and lucid improvisational style … The Village Voice

Synonyms for vibe

Synonyms: Noun (1)

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Examples of vibe in a Sentence

Noun (1) 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 game is basically very, very inspired by old ‘70s sci-fi movies, which all have this kind of dark vibe to them. Josh Chesler, SPIN, 17 Aug. 2022 With grotto dwellings adorned with scary masks and statues and alleys featuring squeaky wooden benches and rock altars, Calcata has something of a spooky vibe and is popular with day trippers. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 11 Aug. 2022 Made in and served in an elegant carafe and glass by Akwaaba Inns, the Margarita can be less of a party and more of a vibe, making its mark on the fashion world as a demonstrative tool of style. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 These movements, along with the fact that a good part of each class is spent out of the saddle, give the SoulCycle experience more of a dance-meets-cardio vibe. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Aug. 2022 Nando’s makes fast-casual feel so adult, if in a sort of relaxed Soho vibe that only money can provide. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022 That’s fine, but shows off a difference between the two men: one’s more like a marketing slogan, and one is more of a vibe of humility. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 July 2022 This Free People design has more of a boho vibe (in case Phoebe Buffay is also feeling this trend); while this breezy silhouette from Levi's makes for an ideal outfit while lounging at Central Perk. Jennifer Chan,, 17 June 2022 Part of that vibe is the brand’s unofficial mascot: the glazed donut. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 15 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vibe

Noun (1)

1967, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1935, in the meaning defined above


1971, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for vibe

Noun (1)

short for vibration

Noun (2)

short for vibraphone

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14 Sep 2022

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“Vibe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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