- An insulting or mocking remark; a taunt: a gibe at his old rivalsMore example sentences
- ‘The constant gibes in the British press about my love of beauty has long left a false impression of my work,’ he maintains.
- In fact, Simon was no more negative than most critics, but his lively writing style meant that his gibes were more memorable than those of the others.
- The more outrageous gibes are a source of French amusement.
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- Make insulting or mocking remarks; jeer: some cynics in the media might gibeMore example sentences
jeer, taunt, mock, scoff, sneer
- Such objections may be seen as the sort of caviling and gibing that often greets attempts to speak across the divide between science and literature.
- For a man who never quite seemed humble, though he often gibed about humility, it was a moving - and humbling - final effect.
- We boasted the ‘world's longest byline’ at the time and would gibe that we had to print ‘byline continued on next page’ when we ran their pieces.
mid 16th century (as a verb): perhaps from Old French giber 'handle roughly' (in modern dialect 'kick'); compare with jib2.