An example of jibe is when your opinion is in agreement with someone else's opinion.
- to shift from one side of a ship to the other when the stern passes across a following or quartering wind: said of a fore-and-aft sail or its boom
- to change the course of a ship so that the sails shift thus
- Informal to be in harmony, agreement, or accord: often with with: accounts that don't jibe
Origin of jibe; from Dutch gijpen, to shift over (of sails), origin, originally , to gasp for air: see jib
intransitive verbjibed, jib·ing, jibes
Origin of jibeOrigin unknown.
also gybe Nautical
verbjibed, jib·ing, jibes also gybed or gyb·ing or gybes
Origin of jibeAlteration (perhaps influenced by jib1) of gybe, from obsolete Dutch gijben.
- A facetious or insulting remark, a jeer or taunt.
- He flung subtle jibes at her until she couldn't bear to work with him any longer.
- (nautical) A manoeuver in which the stern of a sailing boat or ship crosses the wind, typically resulting in the sudden sweep of the boom from one side of the sailboat to the other.
(third-person singular simple present jibes, present participle jibing, simple past and past participle jibed)
- (intransitive, nautical) To perform a jibe
- (intransitive) To agree.
- That explanation doesn't jibe with the facts.
- (nautical) To cause to execute a jibe
"Jibe" and "jive" have been used interchangeably in the U.S. to indicate the concept "to agree or accord." While one recent dictionary accepts this usage of "jive," most sources consider it to be in error.