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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: 
    verb 
    1. (nautical) 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. (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: 
      Etymology: From obsolete Dutch gijben.


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