Main definitions of jibe in English

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jibe1

(British gybe)

verb

[NO OBJECT]US
Sailing
  • 1 Change course by swinging a fore-and-aft sail across a following wind.

    ‘they jibed, and the boat turned over’
    • ‘Many an hour was spent tacking, jibing and splicing the main brace with the occasional capsize as well.’
    • ‘A sail blows off the foredeck and a spinnaker drum jams so they can't jibe on the downwind leg.’
    • ‘Charmed Life is equipped with a refrigerator, a freezer, and a microwave, so the women can zap their meals between jibing, tacking, and swabbing decks.’
    • ‘On the second day, we practiced jibing, or passing the boat's backside through the wind.’
    • ‘On the way down, Andy teaches us how to jibe, or turn away from the wind.’
    1. 1.1[with object]Swing (a sail or boom) across a following wind.
      • ‘For starters it doesn't fly from a spinnaker pole, which makes setting and jibing the sail simple.’
      • ‘Due to the fact that you are gybing the sail this way you will need to pull hard and fast on the new leeward sheet to trim the sail in on the new tack and course’
    2. 1.2(of a sail or boom) swing or be swung across a following wind.
      ‘the skipper was hit by a jibing boom’
      • ‘Careful control of the boom and mainsail is required when jibing in order to prevent a violent motion of the boom when it switches sides.’
      • ‘When the breeze picked up to 35 kts we dropped the spinnaker, gybed, set the headsail and started heading back inshore to catch the cold front moving in from the south-west.’

noun

Sailing
  • An act or instance of jibing.

    • ‘The incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy, occurred last spring during a regional tune-up race when the Beneteau, Epic, had an accidental gybe and broached in a 34-knot gust.’
    • ‘During the race, Tom Droescher, working as the spinnaker trimmer, was swept overboard during a jibe and landed on his back in the 45-degree waters of Puget Sound.’
    • ‘With a foul bottom we're only making 5 knots and I can't turn quickly enough, so we do a flying gybe, break a spreader on the main, almost throw the guests overboard, lose some cushions, douse sails, and tuck into Lameshur Bay, St. John.’
    • ‘Even way back then the great steel hulks we slid past had their quota of sectarian jibes daubed crudely on the ferrous red ship plates.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from obsolete Dutch gijben.

Pronunciation:

jibe

/jīb/

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’
    • ‘You don't agree with them, you offer opinions that don't jibe with theirs and you get a target on your back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's an additional piece of information refuting Atkins-Taubes that happens to jibe with the controlled studies and the government surveys.’
    • ‘The ‘GE to GM’ phrase just doesn't jibe with most people's sense of their options.’
    • ‘I'd hoped to put the vignette on the web when it was done, but it doesn't jibe at all with AuthorityJack.’
    • ‘An afternoon talking to the protesters, however, had filled her head with data that did not jibe with what she had been told.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How does the rise of the big-box-booksellers jibe with the supposed decline in reading?’
    • ‘This does not jibe with my experience, nor that of most Americans, at least.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It doesn't jibe with the image that a lot of Americans have about this country.’
    • ‘But their working habits didn't jibe: Godrich constantly wanted to press forward, but the Strokes like to labour over every sound.’
    • ‘My own experiences didn't jibe with anything these family units went through.’
    • ‘He claims to be very liberal, but when he's voting it just doesn't jibe with what he says.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the only ‘evidence’ for these upcoming disasters is the output of computer models that don't jibe with reality.’

Origin

Early 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

jibe

/jīb/

Main definitions of jibe in English

: jibe1jibe2jibe3

jibe3

noun & verb

  • variant spelling of gibe
    • ‘Gospel writer John's point in putting this line in Jesus' mouth is almost certainly to take a gibe at the Temple elite.’
    • ‘The gibes from his own side caused Kerry to overreact.’
    • ‘His replies were peppered with small gibes at Hitchens.’
    • ‘Voltaire's gibe about the Holy Roman Empire was literally true but, like all such glib gibes missed the essential point.’
    • ‘Both editors offered high-minded defences for their cheap gibes.’
    • ‘Stung by Australian gibes about their dull tactics, they played like the Harlem Globetrotters - and lost to Australia 12-6.’
    • ‘Anderson might get gibes for being a pretty boy, but is respected in the bush and the cities for his grasp on his portfolio.’
    • ‘But a caring family couldn't totally protect the young Alíesha from the jibes and taunts of schoolmates and soldiers.’
    • ‘The gibes about drugs and EST aside, some people just don't ‘get’ certain innovations, and this is often generational.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kelly concludes with a gibe at his colleagues' casual derogation of the blogs.’
    • ‘The Shakespearian gibes are by far the most creative.’
    • ‘It began with loud jibes and insults issued at both sides, and quickly developed into a shoving match.’
    • ‘On the way some had salutations for her and some had gibes.’
    • ‘However, at another level, the nettles may be emblematic of the comments and gibes of women and men.’
    • ‘The latest gibe between the pair came after Warne called Muralidaran ‘thin-skinned’ for pulling out of Sri Lanka's tour of Australia.’
    • ‘The gibe could not be further off the mark, for he is in fact a very proud Jew.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now a gaffe by the Highways Agency and the county council has left Lancastrians open to gibes from their Yorkshire neighbours.’

Pronunciation:

jibe

/jīb/