Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To make taunting, heckling, or jeering remarks.
  • transitive v. To deride with taunting remarks.
  • n. A derisive remark.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A facetious or insulting remark; a jeer or taunt.
  • v. To perform a jibe (2, 3).
  • v. To agree.
  • v. To cause to execute a gibe (2, 3).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An expression of sarcastic scorn; a sarcastic jest; a scoff; a taunt; a sneer.
  • intransitive v. To cast reproaches and sneering expressions; to rail; to utter taunting, sarcastic words; to flout; to fleer; to scoff.
  • intransitive v. To reproach with contemptuous words; to deride; to scoff at; to mock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To utter taunting or sarcastic words; rail; sneer; scoff: absolutely or with at.
  • Synonyms Jeer, Scoff, etc. See sneer.
  • To speak of or to with taunting or sarcastic words; deride; scoff at; rail at; ridicule.
  • Nautical See jibe.
  • n. A tauntingly or contemptuously sarcastic remark; a scoff; a railing; an expression of sarcastic scorn.
  • n. Synonyms Taunt, jeer, sneer, fleer, insult, reproach.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. laugh at with contempt and derision
  • v. be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  • n. an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

Etymologies

Possibly from obsolete French giber, to handle roughly, play, from Old French.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare Old Norse geipa ("to talk nonsense"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Paddy Ashdown, a former leader of the Liberal Democrats who took part in the IPPR study, recalled the gibe by the late U.S. secretary of state Dean Acheson in 1962: "Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role."

    Forget the Great In Britain

  • To a thoroughly serious person, to a person like Lord Chesterfield (who was indeed very serious in his own way, and abhorred proverbial philosophy), or to one who cannot away with the introduction of a quip in connection with a solemn subject, and who thinks that indulgence in a gibe is a clear proof that the writer has no solid argument to produce, Fuller must be nothing but a puzzle or a disgust.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • We have seen the kind of gibe with which Agricola's eloquence was greeted at Pavia.

    The Age of Erasmus Lectures Delivered in the Universities of Oxford and London

  • They will be bold that may venture to break a gibe on the man-at-arms for the follies of the page; and I trust, that ere we return I shall have done something more worthy of note than hallooing a hound after a deer, or scrambling a crag for a kite’s nest.”

    The Abbot

  • I did not weep; but I knelt down, and, with a full heart, thanked my guiding spirit for conducting me in safety to the place where I hoped, notwithstanding my adversary's gibe, to meet and grapple with him.

    Chapter 7

  • But when speaking of expenses on Monday's earnings call, finance chief John Gerspach discovered a good way to get a gibe in at rivals: We don't have a great name for this.

    Overheard: Unlabeled Mission

  • She did not dignify his gibe with an answer but instead remained focused on texting, her speeding thumbs a blur.

    Parents Behaving Badly

  • "I want to make the tax code so simple that even Timothy Geithner can file his taxes on time," he said, in a gibe at the current Treasury secretary, whose tax fumbles emerged during his confirmation hearings.

    Perry Takes Up Flat-Tax Banner

  • Miller R-Manassas on Thursday for making fiery claims about illegal immigrants and the law that VACOLAO says don't gibe with the facts.

    Virginia Latino groups challenge Manassas delegate's claims

  • It was meant as a good-natured gibe between friends.

    Western Man

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