Main definitions of jibe in English

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jibe1

(also gibe)

noun

  • An insulting or mocking remark; a taunt.

    ‘a jibe at his old rivals’
    • ‘Anderson might get gibes for being a pretty boy, but is respected in the bush and the cities for his grasp on his portfolio.’
    • ‘However, at another level, the nettles may be emblematic of the comments and gibes of women and men.’
    • ‘‘The constant gibes in the British press about my love of beauty has long left a false impression of my work,’ he maintains.’
    • ‘Three hours later, he emerged from the office waving a batch of handwritten pages and delivering a gibe: ‘You want to read it?’’
    • ‘He went in, eventually, took his seat in the back of Mr. Ford's classroom, ignoring with practiced ease both the gibes of the teacher and the stares of the good kids who had gotten there before the bell rang.’
    • ‘There was much satisfaction in these stories: at last, the Newfoundlanders had found a vessel for the jibes that had taunted them for years.’
    • ‘His wife, Liz (Janet McTeer), taunts him with sexual jibes.’
    • ‘Stung by Australian gibes about their dull tactics, they played like the Harlem Globetrotters - and lost to Australia 12-6.’
    • ‘His replies were peppered with small gibes.’
    • ‘Scholars contend that men from various African tribes regularly traded gibes about each other's mother.’
    • ‘His replies were peppered with small gibes at Hitchens.’
    • ‘The gibe could not be further off the mark, for he is in fact a very proud Jew.’
    • ‘Voltaire's gibe about the Holy Roman Empire was literally true but, like all such glib gibes missed the essential point.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Having dealt with similar antagonism, I must admit that I cackled gleefully at some of these gibes.’
    • ‘Judith couldn't resist the gibe and regretted it as soon as Emma rounded on her.’
    • ‘Both editors offered high-minded defences for their cheap gibes.’
    • ‘But a caring family couldn't totally protect the young Alíesha from the jibes and taunts of schoolmates and soldiers.’
    • ‘Maybe you chide the folks for owning them when you return for a visit, making knee-jerk gibes at the handlebar mustaches, leisure suits and ironed hair that their sleeves depict.’
    • ‘That was until the gibes become too much for me.’
    • ‘The Shakespearian gibes are by far the most creative.’
    • ‘She often asks them when they are getting married and if she can come, along with other relevant gibes.’
    • ‘Now a gaffe by the Highways Agency and the county council has left Lancastrians open to gibes from their Yorkshire neighbours.’
    • ‘I am less impressed by the claque of backbenchers whose running gibes whenever a minister is on his feet add little to the discussions.’
    • ‘We are prepared to overlook the hurt, the nasty gibes that have been flung at us, and the personal attacks we have suffered.’
    • ‘Gospel writer John's point in putting this line in Jesus' mouth is almost certainly to take a gibe at the Temple elite.’
    • ‘Sandra stayed at home, away from the taunts and jibes of her white schoolfellows, and illicitly befriended the children of the family's black nanny.’
    • ‘The more outrageous gibes are a source of French amusement.’
    • ‘The gibes from his own side caused Kerry to overreact.’
    • ‘The latest gibe between the pair came after Warne called Muralidaran ‘thin-skinned’ for pulling out of Sri Lanka's tour of Australia.’
    • ‘Briggs smiled at that, but Deidre ignored the gibe.’
    • ‘It began with loud jibes and insults issued at both sides, and quickly developed into a shoving match.’
    • ‘The gibes about drugs and EST aside, some people just don't ‘get’ certain innovations, and this is often generational.’
    • ‘On the way some had salutations for her and some had gibes.’
    • ‘Kelly concludes with a gibe at his colleagues' casual derogation of the blogs.’
    snide remark, cutting remark, taunt, sneer, jeer, insult, barb
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Make insulting or mocking remarks; jeer.

    ‘some cynics in the media might jibe’
    • ‘Zia's enterprise gibed with the blurred mission statement of Pakistan.’
    • ‘Today one can easily gibe at the show's glaring seams and stitches.’
    • ‘She tipped her glass at Hector as she gibed at the Antarctic and he couldn't have enjoyed it more.’
    • ‘The Deputy First Minister joked at the First Minister's expense, jibing at the apparent disunity within McConnell's ranks.’
    • ‘In one day and night, he gibed, ‘all those who had any power and authority were wiped out… till no chief remained to ask after any followers.’’
    • ‘‘It's just journalists who are paid to write that stuff,’ Kadyrov jibes, naming one famous reporter who he believes is in the pay of the rebels.’
    • ‘For a man who never quite seemed humble, though he often gibed about humility, it was a moving - and humbling - final effect.’
    • ‘This was met with congratulations from the oldies, but the usual jibing remarks from my sister.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘It's hugely different to writing to a feature film, where you're basically whitewashing it for the producers,’ he jibes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘It was only through the media that I came to know there are such short-cuts to winning national awards,’ he gibes.’
    • ‘It is all very well for Tariq Ali to gibe at India's neo-liberal economics, but this, alas, is the only show in town.’
    • ‘Barnes then jibed, ‘Are you getting hot for the next one - the humanitarian attack on Pyongyang?’’
    • ‘The compère jibed back ‘Oh, so you are are a futurologist as well?’’
    • ‘The 19 novels on the list represented, Sexton jibed, ‘a curious incident of authors missing’.’
    • ‘She crossed her arms across her chest with a defiant look as if expecting him to gibe her.’
    • ‘Think before you jibe, the effects may not seem much to you, but the for the recipient, well it could just push them over the edge.’
    • ‘Of this character, she gibes further: ‘He takes Viagra.’’
    • ‘‘If corners had not been invented, we would have been in the game,’ he jibed.’
    jeer, taunt, mock, scoff, sneer
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Origin

Mid 16th century (as a verb): perhaps from Old French giber ‘handle roughly’ (in modern dialect ‘kick’); compare with jib.

Pronunciation

jibe

/dʒʌɪb/

Main definitions of jibe in English

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jibe2

verb

[NO OBJECT]North American
informal
  • Be in accord; agree.

    ‘the verdict does not jibe with the medical evidence’
    • ‘I'd hoped to put the vignette on the web when it was done, but it doesn't jibe at all with AuthorityJack.’
    • ‘He claims to be very liberal, but when he's voting it just doesn't jibe with what he says.’
    • ‘How does the rise of the big-box-booksellers jibe with the supposed decline in reading?’
    • ‘And the sample menus included in the back of Dr. Atkins's book are of no help because they don't jibe with the instructions in the text.’
    • ‘You don't agree with them, you offer opinions that don't jibe with theirs and you get a target on your back.’
    • ‘If Apple does come out with a response, they have to sink down to Napster's level and it doesn't jibe with their type of advertising at all.’
    • ‘This does not jibe with my experience, nor that of most Americans, at least.’
    • ‘It doesn't jibe with the image that a lot of Americans have about this country.’
    • ‘It's an additional piece of information refuting Atkins-Taubes that happens to jibe with the controlled studies and the government surveys.’
    • ‘I think this jibes with Xyu's recent contact with the Transducer which, as far as I can tell, is the most recent contact we have on record.’
    • ‘The ‘GE to GM’ phrase just doesn't jibe with most people's sense of their options.’
    • ‘It's not like you have to share the office space with someone who's views don't jibe with yours, so what's the point?’
    • ‘But that doesn't jibe with your partisan rantings.’
    • ‘All the pessimism and darkness that come with a far-away war against a hard-to-find enemy just don't jibe with that mojo.’
    • ‘Unknotting privacy dilemmas from first principles can be tricky, or at least lead to results that don't jibe with most people's felt intuitions.’
    • ‘An afternoon talking to the protesters, however, had filled her head with data that did not jibe with what she had been told.’
    • ‘But the only ‘evidence’ for these upcoming disasters is the output of computer models that don't jibe with reality.’
    • ‘My own experiences didn't jibe with anything these family units went through.’
    • ‘But their working habits didn't jibe: Godrich constantly wanted to press forward, but the Strokes like to labour over every sound.’
    • ‘Similarly, if I'm in public practice, and they do something that doesn't jibe with my policies, I'm going to change my policies.’

Origin

Early 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

jibe

/dʒʌɪb/

Main definitions of jibe in English

: jibe1jibe2jibe3

jibe3

noun & verb

Pronunciation

jibe

/dʒʌɪb/