verb & nounUS
- variant of gybe.More example sentences
- A sail blows off the foredeck and a spinnaker drum jams so they can't jibe on the downwind leg.
- Many an hour was spent tacking, jibing and splicing the main brace with the occasional capsize as well.
- Charmed Life is equipped with a refrigerator, a freezer, and a microwave, so the women can zap their meals between jibing, tacking, and swabbing decks.
verb[no object] North American • informal
- Be in accord; agree: the verdict does not jibe with the medical evidenceMore example sentences
- You don't agree with them, you offer opinions that don't jibe with theirs and you get a target on your back.
- He claims to be very liberal, but when he's voting it just doesn't jibe with what he says.
- But that doesn't jibe with your partisan rantings.
early 19th century: of unknown origin.
- An insulting or mocking remark; a taunt: a jibe at his old rivalsMore example sentences
- The Shakespearian gibes are by far the most creative.
- Both editors offered high-minded defences for their cheap gibes.
- Now a gaffe by the Highways Agency and the county council has left Lancastrians open to gibes from their Yorkshire neighbours.
verb[no object] Back to top
- Make insulting or mocking remarks; jeer: some cynics in the media might jibeMore example sentences
jeer, taunt, mock, scoff, sneer
- Zia's enterprise gibed with the blurred mission statement of Pakistan.
- In one day and night, he gibed, ‘all those who had any power and authority were wiped out… till no chief remained to ask after any followers.’
- For a man who never quite seemed humble, though he often gibed about humility, it was a moving - and humbling - final effect.
mid 16th century (as a verb): perhaps from Old French giber 'handle roughly' (in modern dialect 'kick'); compare with jib2.