gibe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gibe laugh at with contempt and derision "The crowd jeered at the speaker"
    • v gibe be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics "The two stories don't agree in many details","The handwriting checks with the signature on the check","The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"
    • n gibe an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect "his parting shot was `drop dead'","she threw shafts of sarcasm","she takes a dig at me every chance she gets"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gibe An expression of sarcastic scorn; a sarcastic jest; a scoff; a taunt; a sneer. "Mark the fleers, the gibes , and notable scorns.""With solemn gibe did Eustace banter me."
    • v. i Gibe To cast reproaches and sneering expressions; to rail; to utter taunting, sarcastic words; to flout; to fleer; to scoff. "Fleer and gibe , and laugh and flout."
    • v. i Gibe To reproach with contemptuous words; to deride; to scoff at; to mock. "Draw the beasts as I describe them, From their features, while I gibe them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gibe To utter taunting or sarcastic words; rail; sneer; scoff: absolutely or with at.
    • gibe Synonyms Jeer, Scoff, etc. See sneer.
    • gibe To speak of or to with taunting or sarcastic words; deride; scoff at; rail at; ridicule.
    • n gibe A tauntingly or contemptuously sarcastic remark; a scoff; a railing; an expression of sarcastic scorn.
    • n gibe Synonyms Taunt, jeer, sneer, fleer, insult, reproach.
    • gibe Nautical See jibe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Gibe jīb to sneer at: to taunt
    • n Gibe a taunt: contempt
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Prov. F. giber, equiv. to F. jouer, to play, Icel. geipa, to talk nonsense, E. jabber,

Usage

In literature:

Fortunately, with me, these little gibes are only so many pin-pricks which stimulate me to further exertions.
"The Blonde Lady" by Maurice Leblanc
He had taken the money and swaggered out with a parting gibe at the constable who closed the doors behind him.
"War and the Weird" by Forbes Phillips
He turned in disgust from Herr Carovius's clumsy approaches, malicious gibes, and occasional threats.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Paul took notice of this gibe, but as soon as he thought wise brought the conversation round to the object of his visit.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Cordelia did not seem even to hear this gibe.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
The Thracian soldiers, who followed Archias, began to gibe at his cowardice on seeing this movement.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Lincoln, who had protected the old Indian amid the gibes of his comrades.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
This was their practice every day, and I was compelled to receive their gibes without venturing a retort.
"The Privateer's-Man" by Frederick Marryat
Their tone of pity cut him, and left him raw to the gibes of his opponents.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
The hated gibe "white slave" was less frequently heard.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
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In poetry:

Hellas retorts, when Hebrew gibes
At Gods of levity and lust,
``God of Judaea's wandering tribes
Was jealous, cruel, and unjust.''
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Yet is it well at all?
I trod her echoing hall,
I clasped her robe, and caught:
Lo, is it this I sought,
This hollow sprite I see
That gibes at me?
"Fata Morgana" by Cicely Fox Smith
Art thou, grave bird! so wondrous wise indeed?
Speak freely, without fear of jest or gibe —
What is thy moral and religious creed?
And what the metaphysics of thy tribe?
"To a Captive Owl" by Henry Timrod
"Who hath not Prudence" — what was it I said,
Of Her who paints her Eyes and tires Her Head,
And gibes and mocks and People in the Street,
And fawns upon them for Her thriftless Bread?
"The Rupaiyat of Omar Kal'vin" by Rudyard Kipling
But there! I was too wretched to be meek:
it seemed to me as if he, every one,
the whole great world, were guilty of my guilt,
abettors and avengers: in my heart
I gibed them back their gibings; I was wild.
"A Castaway" by Augusta Davies Webster
Eyes of a smoldering fire, heart of a lion at bay,
Patience to plan for tomorrow, valor to serve for today,
Mournful and mirthful and tender, quick as a flash with a jest,
Hiding with gibe and great laughter the ache that was dull
in his breast.
"Abraham Lincoln" by Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

In news:

Let's return, post-election, to our regularly scheduled humor of still more political gibes and, once again, digs at the Lose-So-Much-They-Should-Get-a-T-Shirt Redskins.
Alex Smith rebuts pal's Twitter gibe .
Confusion over jibe , jive, gibe, and gybe.
After the Obama stimulus seemed to fail, a Washington Post headline gibed: John Maynard Keynes , the GOP's Latest Whipping Boy.
"Walter, how are you going to get those robots to pay your union dues," gibed the boss of Ford Motor Company.
Obama should ignore ' class warfare ' gibes.
Al Gibes has been writing the weekly Online Guy column since May 1998.
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