The Closing Word: Gibe

The Closing Word: GibeThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (jibe)

laugh at with contempt and derision

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

From “Gibe can be a noun or a verb, but it’s usually a noun meaning an insult, a dis, something to be hurled at enemies, bad drivers, or ex-boyfriends. Gibe is sometimes spelled jibe, but that word has a different meaning and is usually a verb. Keep the g in gibe when referring to the mean words you utter at people who have done you wrong.”

“The buyer’s gibe about the home’s decor made its way back to the seller, and hurt feelings nearly nixed the offer.”


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