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.

Definitions of jibe
  1. verb
    shift from one side of the ship to the other
    synonyms: change course, gybe, jib
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    travel on water propelled by wind
  2. noun
    an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
    synonyms: barb, dig, gibe, shaft, shot, slam
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    cheap shot
    an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person
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    comment, input, remark
    a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
  3. verb
    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, comport, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
    be harmonious or consistent with
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    disaccord, disagree, discord
    be different from one another
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    be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous
    accord in appearance with
    match or correspond
    be the same
    be or come into adjustment with
    bear a reciprocal or mutual relation
    be parallel to
    duplicate, parallel, twin
    duplicate or match
    be compatible with
    bear out, corroborate, support, underpin
    support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
    appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to
    conform to, fit, meet
    satisfy a condition or restriction
    be homologous
    befit, beseem, suit
    accord or comport with
    accord, agree, comport, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
    be harmonious or consistent with
    form a pattern
    adhere, hew
    be compatible or in accordance with
    rhyme, rime
    be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
    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
    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
    correspond in vowel sounds; rhyme in assonance
    type of:
    be, equal
    be identical or equivalent to
Commonly confused words

gibe / jibe

To gibe is to sneer or heckle, but to jibe is to agree. Funny thing is, though, jibe is an alternate spelling of gibe, so surprise! People get them mixed up.

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