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jibe

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From obsolete Dutch gijben, itself of obscure origin.

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NounEdit

jibe (plural jibes)

  1. (nautical) A manoeuver in which the stern of a sailing boat or ship crosses the wind, typically resulting in the sudden sweep of the boom from one side of the sailboat to the other.
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VerbEdit

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

  1. (intransitive, nautical) To perform a jibe
  2. (transitive, nautical) To cause to execute a jibe

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Etymology 2Edit

Origin unknown.

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

  1. (intransitive) To agree.
    That explanation doesn't jibe with the facts.

Usage notesEdit

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

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Etymology 3Edit

Probably from Old French giber, to handle roughly.

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NounEdit

  1. A facetious or insulting remark, a jeer or taunt.
    He flung subtle jibes at her until she couldn't bear to work with him any longer.

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