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Dictionary Definition

gibe n : 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" [syn: shot, shaft, slam, dig, barb, jibe]


1 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" [syn: match, fit, correspond, check, jibe, tally, agree] [ant: disagree]
2 laugh at with contempt and derision; "The crowd jeered at the speaker" [syn: jeer, scoff, flout, barrack]

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gibe (plural: gibes)
  1. A facetious or insulting remark, a jeer or taunt.


  1. To perform a jibe (2, 3).
  2. To agree.
    That explanation doesn't gibe with the facts.
  3. To cause to execute a gibe (2, 3).

Extensive Definition

Gibe is the name of
  • a river in Ethiopia, see Gibe River
  • the region around this river, see Gibe region
  • to utter taunting words
gibe in German: Gibe

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Parthian shot, affront, aphorism, apothegm, aspersion, atrocity, back answer, barrack, be merry with, bon mot, boutade, brickbat, bright idea, bright thought, brilliant idea, call names, caustic remark, chaff, comeback, conceit, contempt, contumely, crack, crack a joke, crack wise, cut, cut at, cutting remark, deride, derision, despite, dig, dig at, dishonor, disoblige, dump, dump on, enormity, epigram, facetiae, flash of wit, fleer, fleer at, flight of wit, flout, flouting, foolery, fun, gibe at, gibing retort, gird, give offense to, happy thought, heckle, humiliate, humiliation, hurl a brickbat, indignity, injury, insult, jab, jab at, jape, jeer, jeer at, jeering, jest, jibe, jibe at, joke, josh, kid, kid around, leg-pull, make a funny, make fun, make fun of, mock, mockery, mot, nasty crack, offend, offense, outrage, parting shot, persiflage, play of wit, play on words, pleasantry, poke fun at, pooh, pooh-pooh, pun, put down, put-down, put-on, quip, quips and cranks, rag, rail, rail at, raillery, rally, rank out, razz, repartee, retort, revile, rib, ridicule, riposte, rude reproach, sally, scintillate, scintillation, scoff, scoff at, scoffing, scold, scout, scurrility, short answer, slam, slap, slap at, smart crack, smart saying, snappy comeback, sneer, sneer at, sparkle, stroke of wit, swipe, taunt, tease, thrust, treat with indignity, turn of thought, twit, uncomplimentary remark, utter a mot, verbal thrust, wisecrack, witticism
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