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

  • intransitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To cause (a sail) to jibe.
  • n. The act of jibing.
  • intransitive v. Informal To be in accord; agree: Your figures jibe with mine.
  • v. Variant of gibe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To change a ship's course so as to cause a shifting of the boom. See jibe, v. t., and gybe.
  • intransitive v. To agree; to harmonize.
  • transitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. See gibe.

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

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


Alteration (perhaps influenced by jib1) of gybe, from obsolete Dutch gijben.
Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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