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

  • v. Variant of jibe1.

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  • v. 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.)
  • v. To shift a fore-and-aft sail suddenly and forcefully from one side to the other, while sailing before the wind. (also jibe.)
  • v. To sneer (see gibe.)
  • v. gybe at: to hesitate, vacillate, or balk when faced with a proposal, plan, or course of action. (Obsolete)
  • n. The act of gybing.
  • n. A sudden shift of a sail's angle, or a sudden change in the direction that a boat is sailing.
  • n. A sudden change in direction or approach; vacillation.
  • n. A sneer. (see gibe.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See gibe.
  • v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • v. shift from one side of the ship to the other


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From obsolete Dutch gijben (modern Dutch: gijpen).


  • You'll gybe in a squall when there isn't a motor boat to pick you up, or you'll get a pleurisy when I'm not there, or you'll crash your car where labourers don't come.

    Movie Night

  • It's not racist when your best interests gybe with the interests of the candidate that happens to look like you.

    Election Central Morning Roundup

  • "It's not racist when your best interests gybe with the interests of the candidate that happens to look like you." ... unless you're a white Republican living in the South ...

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  • Here Krantzius in the first place beginneth with such a gybe

    A briefe commentarie of Island, by Arngrimus Ionas

  • Boats accidentally gybe all the time; people sometimes get hit with the boom.

    The Short Forever

  • Some time elapsed, for it was blowing strong, before the main sheet could be hauled in to gybe the sail; during which the cutter was running along the shoal or bar in ten feet water, which was not sufficient to float her; for she struck the ground violently every time that the swell passed by.

    Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia Performed between the years 1818 and 1822 — Volume 1

  • So they ran before it largely till the bows were pressed right under, and it was no human poser that saved the gybe.

    Hills and the Sea

  • And the boom, which had been acting uneasily, finally decided to gybe, and swept majestically over, carrying two of the Four in front of it, and all but dropped them into the water.

    The Celebrity, Complete

  • But the thread is cut between us and we will never gybe again, no, never -- worlds without end.

    The Lions of the Lord A Tale of the Old West

  • Running up the sail and getting before the wind, so that there was no danger of a gybe, I lashed the rudder so as to direct our course across the lake, and took my seat by Carlotta under the awning.

    Sea-Gift. A Novel.


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  • "' my considered opinion she is a perfectly odious woman.'

    "As though struck down by a judgment the moment he had finished these words, he pitched forward out of his chair on to what little deck was free... An even younger midshipman ... had committed the vessel to a manoeuvre that, the guys being untimely cast off, resulted in a truly monumental gybe."

    --P. O'Brian, The Yellow Admiral, 194

    March 19, 2008