from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make taunting, heckling, or jeering remarks.
  • intransitive verb To deride with taunting remarks.
  • noun A derisive remark.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A tauntingly or contemptuously sarcastic remark; a scoff; a railing; an expression of sarcastic scorn.
  • noun Synonyms Taunt, jeer, sneer, fleer, insult, reproach.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Possibly from obsolete French giber, to handle roughly, play, from Old French.]

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Compare Old Norse geipa ("to talk nonsense").


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