Definition of gibe in English:


(also jibe)


  • An insulting or mocking remark; a taunt.

    ‘a gibe at his old rivals’
    • ‘I am less impressed by the claque of backbenchers whose running gibes whenever a minister is on his feet add little to the discussions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are prepared to overlook the hurt, the nasty gibes that have been flung at us, and the personal attacks we have suffered.’
    • ‘The more outrageous gibes are a source of French amusement.’
    • ‘Scholars contend that men from various African tribes regularly traded gibes about each other's mother.’
    • ‘The gibe could not be further off the mark, for he is in fact a very proud Jew.’
    • ‘Judith couldn't resist the gibe and regretted it as soon as Emma rounded on her.’
    • ‘She often asks them when they are getting married and if she can come, along with other relevant gibes.’
    • ‘The Shakespearian gibes are by far the most creative.’
    • ‘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 constant gibes in the British press about my love of beauty has long left a false impression of my work,’ he maintains.’
    • ‘Both editors offered high-minded defences for their cheap gibes.’
    • ‘However, at another level, the nettles may be emblematic of the comments and gibes of women and men.’
    • ‘Three hours later, he emerged from the office waving a batch of handwritten pages and delivering a gibe: ‘You want to read it?’’
    • ‘On the way some had salutations for her and some had gibes.’
    • ‘Briggs smiled at that, but Deidre ignored the gibe.’
    • ‘That was until the gibes become too much for me.’
    • ‘Having dealt with similar antagonism, I must admit that I cackled gleefully at some of these gibes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His replies were peppered with small gibes.’
    snide remark, cutting remark, taunt, sneer, jeer, insult, barb
    dig, wisecrack, crack, put-down
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  • Make insulting or mocking remarks; jeer.

    ‘some cynics in the media might gibe’
    • ‘For a man who never quite seemed humble, though he often gibed about humility, it was a moving - and humbling - final effect.’
    • ‘She crossed her arms across her chest with a defiant look as if expecting him to gibe her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    jeer, taunt, mock, scoff, sneer
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Mid 16th century (as a verb): perhaps from Old French giber handle roughly (in modern dialect kick); compare with jib.