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jibe1 (dʒaɪb Pronunciation for jibe1 or jib or jibb (dʒɪb Pronunciation for jibb

Definitions

verb, noun

  1. (nautical) variants of gybe

Synonyms

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= jeer, sneer, dig, crack, taunt, snide remark

jibe2 (dʒaɪb Pronunciation for jibe2

Definitions

verb

  1. a variant spelling of gibe1

Derived Forms

ˈjiber noun
ˈjibingly adverb

jibe3 (dʒaɪb Pronunciation for jibe3

Definitions

verb

  1. (intransitive) (informal) to agree; accord; harmonize

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin

gibe1 or jibe (dʒaɪb Pronunciation for )

Definitions

verb

  1. to make jeering or scoffing remarks (at); taunt

noun

  1. a derisive or provoking remark

Derived Forms

ˈgiber, ˈjiber noun
ˈgibingly, ˈjibingly adverb

Word Origin

C16: perhaps from Old French giber to treat roughly, of uncertain origin

gybe or jibe (dʒaɪb Pronunciation for )

Definitions

(nautical)

verb

  1. (intransitive) (of a fore-and-aft sail) to shift suddenly from one side of the vessel to the other when running before the wind, as the result of allowing the wind to catch the leech
  2. to cause (a sailing vessel) to gybe or (of a sailing vessel) to undergo gybing

noun

  1. an instance of gybing

Word Origin

C17: from obsolete Dutch gijben (now gijpen), of obscure origin

Translations for 'jibe'

  • British English: jibe A jibe is a rude or insulting remark about someone that is intended to make them look foolish. NOUN...a cheap jibe about his loss of hair.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: zombaria
  • Chinese: 嘲讽嘲讽諷
  • European Spanish: mofa
  • French: moquerie
  • German: Stichelei
  • Italian: beffa
  • Japanese: あざけり
  • Korean: 비웃음
  • Portuguese: zombaria
  • Spanish: burla
  • British English: jibe To jibe means to say something rude or insulting which is intended to make another person look foolish. VERBNo doubt he'll give me the chance to fight him again', he jibed, tongue in cheek.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: zombar
  • Chinese: 嘲讽嘲讽諷
  • European Spanish: mofarse
  • French: railler
  • German: sticheln
  • Italian: dire in tono di beffa
  • Japanese: あざける
  • Korean: 조롱하다
  • Portuguese: zombar
  • Spanish: burlarse

Example Sentences Including 'jibe'

"Most women - or men - who have been treating feminist analyses seriously have little trouble in responding to this now ritualistic jibe.
Enloe, Cynthia Bananas, Beaches and Bases
Berlusconi's jibe tarnished Italy's presidency of the European Union on just its second day.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
He was furious with himself for having lost his cameras; the priest's jibe had gone home.
Aldiss, Brian Somewhere East of Life
If Andrew takes every small jibe badly, he is unlikely to have a happy life.
Sun, News of the World (2001)
It was rare to find mention of the provocation for Berlusconi's Nazi jibe.
Spiked (2003)
Mimi's idea of expert and Susan's might not jibe , but the basic principle was sound.
Smith, Evelyn E Miss Melville Regrets
Russia has condemned "emotional outbursts" against Pyongyang - a clear jibe at the United States.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
Shearer is, of course, the man Shepherd and fellow director Douglas Hall once insulted with their Mary Poppins jibe.
Sun, News of the World (2000)
That doesn't quite jibe with your feeling that all the facts may not be known for many years.
Harcourt, Palma Double Deceit

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