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Gibe (verb neuter)

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To Gibe. v.n. [gaber, old French. to sneer, to ridicule.] To sneer; to join censoriousness with contempt.

They seem to imagine that we have erected of late a frame of some new religion, the furniture whereof we should not have borrowed from our enemies, lest they should afterwards laugh and gibe at our party. Hooker, b. iv. s. 9.

When he saw her toy, and gibe, and geer,
And pass the bounds of modest merry-make,
Her dalliance he despis'd.
Fairy Queen, b. ii. cant. 6.

Why that's the way to choke a gibing spirit,
Whose influence is begot of that loose grace
Which shallow laughing hearers give to fools.
Shakespeare.

Thus with talents well endu'd
To be scurrilous and rude,
When you pertly raise your snout,
Fleer and gibe, and laugh and flout.
Swift.

Sources: Hooker, Richard (175) · Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost (33) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Neuter (131)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Gibe (verb neuter)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 9, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=19621.


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