Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To be in accord; agree.
  • intransitive verb To shift a fore-and-aft sail from one side of a vessel to the other while sailing before the wind so as to sail on the opposite tack.
  • intransitive verb To cause (a sail) to jibe.
  • noun The act of jibing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See gibe.
  • Nautical, to cause (a fore-and-aft sail) to swing over to the other side when the wind is aft or on the quarter.
  • Nautical, to change from one tack to the other without going about; shift a fore-and-aft Bail from one side to the other when the wind is aft or on the quarter.
  • To agree; be in harmony or accord; work together: as, the two plans did not seem to jibe.
  • A less common form of jib.

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

  • transitive verb (Naut.) To shift, as the boom of a fore-and-aft sail, from one side of a vessel to the other when the wind is aft or on the quarter. See gybe.
  • intransitive verb (Naut.) To change a ship's course so as to cause a shifting of the boom. See jibe, v. t., and gybe.
  • intransitive verb colloq. To agree; to harmonize.

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

  • noun A facetious or insulting remark, a jeer or taunt.
  • noun nautical A manoeuver in which the stern of a sailing boat or ship crosses the wind.
  • noun nautical sudden sweep of the boom of a sailboat across from one side of the boat to the other.
  • verb intransitive, nautical To perform a jibe
  • verb intransitive To agree.
  • verb transitive, nautical To cause to execute a jibe

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

  • verb shift from one side of the ship to the other
  • noun an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
  • verb be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

Etymologies

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

[Origin unknown.]

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

[Alteration (perhaps influenced by jib) of gybe, from obsolete Dutch gijben.]

Examples

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  • Accord v. barbed riposte.

    December 3, 2007

  • "That jibes with what Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine President Dr. Neal Barnard says in his book, The Power of Your Plate, in which he explains that 'early humans had diets very much like other great apes, which is to say a largely plant-based diet, drawing on foods we can pick with our hands.'"

    - Kathy Freston, Shattering The Meat Myth: Humans Are Natural Vegetarians, huffingtonpost.com, 11 June 2009.

    I'd never come across this use of jibe until today.

    June 13, 2009