jibe

To jibe with someone is to agree with them. Jibe can also mean “be compatible with or similar to.” If two people jibe, they get along quite well.

A jibe can also be an insulting remark as another way to spell gibe. If someone directs that kind of jibe at you, the best response is a really good comeback. And in nautical terminology, jibe refers to a particular manner of changing the course of a ship. How did this word come to have such different meanings? Your guess is as good as ours. Just try to remember that if you want to jibe with others, don’t insult them.

Primary Meanings of jibe

1.
v
shift from one side of the ship to the other
2.
n
an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
3.
v
be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
Full Definitions of jibe
1

v shift from one side of the ship to the other

Synonyms:
change course, gybe, jib
Type of:
sail
travel on water propelled by wind
2

n an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

Synonyms:
barb, dig, gibe, shaft, shot, slam
Types:
cheap shot
an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person
Type of:
comment, input, remark
a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
3

v be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

Synonyms:
agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, match, tally
check, check out
be verified or confirmed; pass inspection
accord, agree, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
go together
Antonyms:
disaccord, disagree, discord
be different from one another
Types:
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consist
be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous
look
accord in appearance with
answer
match or correspond
coincide
be the same
align
be or come into adjustment with
correlate
to bear a reciprocal or mutual relation
parallel
be parallel to
duplicate, parallel, twin
duplicate or match
square
be compatible with
bear out, corroborate, support, underpin
support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
resemble
appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to
conform to, fit, meet
satisfy a condition or restriction
homologize
be homologous
befit, beseem, suit
accord or comport with
accord, agree, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
go together
pattern
form a pattern
adhere
be compatible or in accordance with
rhyme, rime
be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
coordinate
be co-ordinated
look like
bear a physical resemblance to
come to life
be lifelike, as of a painting
take after
be similar to a relative
approximate, come close
be close or similar
fill the bill, fit the bill
be what is needed or be good enough for what is required
behoove, behove
be appropriate or necessary
fulfil, fulfill, live up to, satisfy
meet the requirements or expectations of
imitate
appear like, as in behavior or appearance
echo, recall
call to mind
blend, blend in, go
blend or harmonize
accommodate, fit, suit
be agreeable or acceptable to
assonate
correspond in vowel sounds; rhyme in assonance
Type of:
be, equal
be identical or equivalent to