Definition of jibe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also gibe) noun
    BrE BrE//dʒaɪb//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒaɪb//
    Describing unpleasant traits
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  1. 1jibe (at somebody/something) an unkind or insulting remark about somebody He made several cheap jibes at his opponent during the interview. Jibes about mothers-in-law were kept out of the script. See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits
  2. 2(North American English) = gybe
  3. Word Originnoun sense 1 mid 16th cent. (as a verb): perhaps from Old French giber ‘handle roughly’ (in modern dialect ‘kick’); compare with the verb jib.
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