- The definition of jibe is slang for being in agreement.
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: from Dutch gijpen, to shift over (of sails), origin, originally , to gasp for air: see jib
- jiber noun
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also gybe Nauticalverb jibed jibed also gybed, jib·ing also gyb·ing, jibes also gybes verb, intransitive
Origin: Alteration (perhaps influenced by jib1) of gybe, from obsolete Dutch gijben.
intransitive verb jibed jibed, jib·ing, jibes Informal
Origin: Origin unknown.
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