Complete Definition of "gybe"

English

Alternative spellings
jibe

Etymology
From obsolete Dutch gijben.

Verb
gybe

  1. nautical To change tack with the wind crossing behind the boat. (Mostly used of boats and other small sailing craft â the corresponding manoeuver in a sailing ship is to wear.)
  2. nautical 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)

Translations
trans-top|to change tack
Finnish: jiipata
trans-bottom

Noun
en-noun

  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.)

Translations
trans-top|sudden shift of sail's angle
Finnish: jiippi
trans-bottom

ru:gybe
vi:gybe
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