jibe

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Etymology 1[edit]

Origin uncertain; possibly from Old French giber (to engage in horseplay; to play roughly in sport). Compare English jib (usually of a horse: to stop and refuse to go forward),[1] Old Norse geipa (to talk nonsense).

The noun is derived from the verb.[2]

Noun[edit]

jibe (plural jibes)

  1. A facetious or insulting remark; a jeer, a taunt.
    He flung subtle jibes at her until she couldn’t bear to work with him any longer.
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jibe (third-person singular simple present jibes, present participle jibing, simple past and past participle jibed)

  1. (transitive) To reproach with contemptuous words; to deride, to mock, to taunt.
    Synonym: flout
  2. (transitive) To say in a mocking or taunting manner.
  3. (intransitive) To make a mocking remark or remarks; to jeer.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Origin unknown; perhaps related to chime (to cause to sound in harmony).[3]

Verb[edit]

jibe (third-person singular simple present jibes, present participle jibing, simple past and past participle jibed)

  1. (intransitive, Canada, US, informal) To accord or agree.
    That explanation doesn’t jibe with the facts.
    • 1926 May 13, Henry H. Glassie, witness, “Statement of Henry H. Glassie, Member of United States Tariff Commission”, in Investigation of the Tariff Commission: Hearings before the Select Committee on Investigation of the Tariff Commission, United States Senate, Sixty-ninth Congress, First Session [] Part 1 [], Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, OCLC 6263224, page 529:
      [T]here is something wrong with your figures. They do not jibe with experience. They do not jibe with prices. They do not jibe with what we know.
    • 1980, George Lakoff; Mark Johnson, chapter 27, in Metaphors We Live By:
      This did not jibe with the objectivist view that metaphor is of only peripheral interest in an account of meaning and truth and that it plays at best a marginal role in understanding.
Usage notes[edit]

Jibe and jive have been used interchangeably in the US to indicate the concept “to accord or agree”. While one recent dictionary accepts this usage of jive, most sources consider it to be in error.

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Etymology 3[edit]

See gybe.

Noun[edit]

jibe (plural jibes)

  1. (nautical, now chiefly US) Alternative spelling of gybe

Verb[edit]

jibe (third-person singular simple present jibes, present participle jibing, simple past and past participle jibed)

  1. (nautical, now chiefly US) Alternative spelling of gybe

References[edit]

  1. ^ gibe, jibe, v.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 1899; “jibe”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
  2. ^ gibe, jibe, n.1”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 1899.
  3. ^ jibe, v.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 1901.