AskDefine | Define gybe

Dictionary Definition

gybe v : shift from one side of the ship to the other; "The sail jibbed wildly" [syn: jibe, jib, change course]

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Alternative spellings


From obsolete Dutch gijben.


  1. To change tack with the wind crossing behind the boat. (Mostly used of boats and other small sailing craft — the corresponding manoeuver in a sailing ship is to wear.)
  2. To shift a fore-and-aft sail suddenly and forcefully from one side to the other, while sailing before the wind. (also jibe.)
  3. To sneer (see gibe.)
  4. gybe at: to hesitate, vacillate, or balk when faced with a proposal, plan, or course of action. (Obsolete)


to change tack


  1. The act of gybing.
  2. A sudden shift of a sail's angle, or a sudden change in the direction that a boat is sailing.
  3. A sudden change in direction or approach; vacillation.
  4. A sneer. (see gibe.)


sudden shift of sail's angle

Extensive Definition

Gybe may refer to:
  • Gybe, an alternative spelling of jibe, a sailing manoeuvre which is done when you turn the boat downwind far enough that the wind is coming from the opposite side as before. At this point the boom will swing over.
  • Sneer, from the homophone "gibe", to deride or tease with taunting words
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor, a Canadian post-rock band
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