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Apocope of vibration, vibrator, etc.


  • IPA(key): /vaɪb/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪb


vibe (plural vibes)

  1. (colloquial) A vibraphone. [earlier 20th c.]
  2. (colloquial) Vibration. [later 20th c.]
  3. (colloquial) A vibrator (sex toy). [later 20th c.]
  4. (colloquial, originally New Age jargon) An atmosphere or aura felt to belong to a person, place or thing. [circa 1960s]
    The couple canceled their night out when they got a bad vibe from the new babysitter.
    • 2014 Simmons, Pat (July 7, 2014) Guilty of Love, Generation Quest Press
      “I like her. I get good vibes from her.”
    • 2016 de la Peña, Matt (May 24, 2016) The Hunted, Ember, →ISBN, page 150
      “This place is giving me bad vibes.”



vibe (third-person singular simple present vibes, present participle vibing, simple past and past participle vibed)

  1. (colloquial) To stimulate with a vibrator.
    • 2015, Allison Moon, Girl Sex 101, page 49:
      If your usual routine is hammering or vibing your clit for three minutes before you run out the door, try giving yourself five minutes of exploratory time.
  2. (colloquial) To relax and enjoy oneself.
  3. (colloquial) To agree.
    • 2000 November 1, Vibe, volume 8, page 60:
      Besides, even if you don't vibe with his subject matter, he is a style king of West Coast, down-tempo gangsta-pimp music.
    • 2012, Sam Hunter, Book One: A Makaveli Prince's Novel:
      Nia was glad she'd let Rico bring her to the club as she vibed with the fusion of Latin sounds and American hip-hop.
    • 2015, Tony Cavanaugh, Kingdom of the Strong:
      Maria took him through the events of the next morning and his recollection vibed with his statement at the time.
  4. (colloquial) To get along; to hit it off.
    • 2012, Nikki Carter, Time to Shine, page 9:
      Sam started out being someone I totally vibed with on every level.
    • 2014, Mandy Hale, I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has:
      Nervous and shaky but feigning confidence, I completed the interview with ease and even managed to vibe with the country cutie.
    • 2016, Steven Barker, Now for the Disappointing Part: A Pseudo-Adult's Decade of Short-Term Jobs:
      It was odd, because there was always one person I didn't vibe with in every office I spent time in, sometimes multiple people like in the case with Amazon.

Derived terms[edit]




Borrowed from English vibe, apocope of vibration.



vibe f (plural vibes)

  1. vibe