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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ For two hours, legislators traded jibes over the bill.
▪ George Will is a great recycler, despite his jibes at silly liberal environmentalism.
▪ Giving and taking jibes and insults is very much part of being a footie fan; usually it's fun.
▪ Greg's jibe about the dress being like a shroud rankled.
▪ His jibe was greeted with howls of laughter as Mr Smith savaged Mr Major during the emergency debate on the economy.
▪ Mostly he walked away from her jibes.
▪ She had done nothing to deserve Deana's petty jibes, and suddenly it was too much.
▪ So he didn't listen to odd jibe about our millionaire friend, and he didn't ask them to pay.
▪ To deal with the jibes of those who called her Big Ben.
▪ His distrust of the power of critics made him ready to jibe at David Sylvester.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gybe \Gybe\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Gybed (j[imac]bd); p. pr. & vb. n. Gybing.] [See Jibe.] (Naut.) To shift from one side of a vessel to the other; -- said of the boom of a fore-and-aft sail when the vessel is steered off the wind until the sail fills on the opposite side. [Also jibe.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"agree, fit," 1813, of unknown origin, perhaps a figurative extension of earlier jib, gybe (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (see jib). OED, however, suggests a phonetic variant of chime, as if meaning "to chime in with, to be in harmony." Related: Jibed; jibes; jibing.


1560s, perhaps from Middle French giber "to handle roughly," or an alteration of gaber "to mock."


Etymology 1 alt. (context nautical English) A manoeuver in which the stern of a sailing boat or ship crosses the wind, typically resulting in the sudden sweep of the boom from one side of the sailboat to the other. n. (context nautical English) A manoeuver in which the stern of a sailing boat or ship crosses the wind, typically resulting in the sudden sweep of the boom from one side of the sailboat to the other. vb. 1 (context intransitive nautical English) To perform a jibe 2 (context transitive nautical English) To cause to execute a jibe Etymology 2

vb. (context intransitive English) To agree. Etymology 3

alt. A facetious or insulting remark, a jeer or taunt. n. A facetious or insulting remark, a jeer or taunt.

  1. n. an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect; "his parting shot was `drop dead'"; "she threw shafts of sarcasm"; "she takes a dig at me every chance she gets" [syn: shot, shaft, slam, dig, barb, gibe]

  2. v. be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; "The two stories don't agree in many details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun" [syn: match, fit, correspond, check, gibe, tally, agree] [ant: disagree]

  3. shift from one side of the ship to the other; "The sail jibbed wildly" [syn: gybe, jib, change course]


A jibe (US) or gybe (Britain) is a sailing maneuver whereby a sailing vessel reaching downwind turns its stern through the wind, such that the wind direction changes from one side of the boat to the other. For square-rigged ships, this maneuver is called wearing ship. Wearing was slower than tacking, but safer, and judged unseamanlike except in heavy weather.

In this maneuver, the mainsail will cross the center of the boat while the jib is pulled to the other side of the boat. If the spinnaker is up, the pole will have to be manually moved to the other side, to remain opposite the mainsail. In a dinghy, raising the centerboard can increase the risk of capsizing during what can be a somewhat violent maneuver, although the opposite is true of a dinghy with a flat, planing hull profile: raising the centerboard reduces heeling moment during the manouevre and so reduces the risk of capsize.

The other way to change the side of the boat that faces the wind is turning the bow of the boat into, and then through, the direction of the wind. This operation is known as tacking or coming about. Tacking more than 180° to avoid a jibe is sometimes referred to as a 'chicken jibe'.

Jibe (band)

JIBE is an alternative rock band from Dallas, Texas best known for their song "Yesterday’s Gone" from their 2003 album Uprising. Initially active from 1994 to 2004, they reformed in 2015 and are currently recording a new album.

Usage examples of "jibe".

A lightninglike series of exchanges followed, with slight pauses between series, where Gord taunted and jibed, and his adversary made strange noises and grimaces.

Without the squeeze of crowds, the jibes of detractors, the mad mephitic mafficking of traffic, perhaps he was both more focused and less restrained.

He shrugged his disinterest in their jibes at him, but the cigar settled into one place in his mouth, proving to Pilar that her compliment had slightly mollified his ego.

He would have to grow a thicker skin or else be prepared to put up with the jibes of colleagues who would enjoy watching the profiler lose his lunch over another vitiated victim.

My schoolfellows met me with spiteful and merciless jibes because I was not like any of them.

Then with a thundercrack the boom came swinging round and she jibed and jumped northward like a scared cat.

There were no japes, no jibes at one another, no philosophical discussions.

I thought of calling the other numbers I'd gotten from Pacific Coast Bell--then jacked that chronologically they were off-- they didn't jibe with my new knowledge of where Betty was at what time.

Mental coadunation, whatever it was, supposedly jibed nicely with what Denis called systems theory.

A set of conditionals that didn’t jibe with Mosphei’, which was relatively simple, nor Ragi, which wasn’t simple at all.

He couldn't trim the sheet to save himself, he nearly capsized several times in squalls, and, once again, by blunderingly jibing over.

If everything jibes, they'll watch the place, see who comes and goes.

All the way up here I've been trying to figure out how a computer game killer in Minneapolis jibes with a family killing in Calumet, and there's nothing there except a coincidence that makes your head hurt.

Once, in a Manta-class race in the Gulf, south of Dauphin Island, the wind changed sixty points to everyone's surprise and he had to fight a jibing boom with his bare hands.

A line of demonstrators ringed Yountz Center, the heart of Yanakov Park, like stony-faced vultures, ignoring the taunts and jibes flung at them by a small crowd of native Harringtons.