Definition of gibe in English:

gibe

Syllabification: gibe
Pronunciation: /jīb
 
/
(also jibe)

noun

  • An insulting or mocking remark; a taunt: a gibe at his old rivals
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    • ‘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.
    Synonyms
    snide remark, cutting remark, taunt, sneer, jeer, insult, barb
    informal dig, put-down

verb

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  • Make insulting or mocking remarks; jeer: some cynics in the media might gibe
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    jeer, taunt, mock, scoff, sneer

Origin

mid 16th century (as a verb): perhaps from Old French giber 'handle roughly' (in modern dialect 'kick'); compare with jib2.

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