Last modified on 10 April 2015, at 16:02


See also: GibE


Alternative formsEdit


Compare Old Norse geipa (to talk nonsense).


gibe (plural gibes)

  1. A facetious or insulting remark; a jeer or taunt.
    • 1603, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act 5, scene 1:
      Hamlet: Alas, poor Yorick! . . . Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar?


gibe (third-person singular simple present gibes, present participle gibing, simple past and past participle gibed)

  1. (intransitive) To perform a jibe (2, 3).
  2. (intransitive) To agree.
    That explanation doesn't gibe with the facts.
  3. (transitive) To cause to execute a gibe (2, 3).
  4. (transitive, intransitive) To reproach with contemptuous words; to deride; to mock.
    • Jonathan Swift
      Draw the beasts as I describe them, / From their features, while I gibe them.
    • Jonathan Swift
      Fleer and gibe, and laugh and flout.