from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete spelling of gibe.
  • An obsolete spelling of jibe.

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

  • verb (Naut.) To shift from one side of a vessel to the other; -- said of the boom of a fore-and-aft sail when the vessel is steered off the wind until the sail fills on the opposite side.
  • See gibe.

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

  • verb nautical To change tack with the wind crossing behind the boat. (Mostly used of boats and other small sailing craft — the corresponding manoeuver in a sailing ship is to wear.)
  • verb nautical To shift a fore-and-aft sail suddenly and forcefully from one side to the other, while sailing before the wind. (also jibe.)
  • verb To sneer (see gibe.)
  • verb gybe at: to hesitate, vacillate, or balk when faced with a proposal, plan, or course of action. (Obsolete)
  • noun The act of gybing.
  • noun A sudden shift of a sail's angle, or a sudden change in the direction that a boat is sailing.
  • noun A sudden change in direction or approach; vacillation.
  • noun A sneer. (see gibe.)

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

  • verb shift from one side of the ship to the other


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From obsolete Dutch gijben (modern Dutch: gijpen).



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