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gibe1 or jibe (dʒaɪb Pronunciation for )



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


  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

gibe2 (dʒaɪb Pronunciation for gibe2


verb, noun

  1. a variant spelling of gybe

Example Sentences Including 'gibe'

Gibbs jabs at jib gibe PRIMARY Industry Minister Bob Gibbs (right) went ballistic on Friday at accusations he was snubbing graziers.
Misc (1995)
He grinned at the attempted gibe and moved away, saying, `I fear not.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)
Seeds's gibe clearly hit home, for Watson made `Honest Jim' the book's working title.
Brenda Maddox ROSALIND FRANKLIN (2002)
The gibe `coconut" refers to someone said to be black on the outside but white inside.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
The gibe assumes that an executive President must be bad for Britain.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
To the Press Club organisers, it was a clever little gibe at a premier known for good humour.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
Too many people, Man thought, cackled too gleefully at this latest gibe.
Heller, Keith Man's Loving Family
`As a matter of fact," he announced, pausing to reply to Tommys gibe ,
Howatch, Susan Absolute Truths


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