Gird vs Gibe - What's the difference?

gird | gibe |

As a verb gird

is to bind with a flexible rope or cord or gird can be to jeer at.

As a noun gird

is a sarcastic remark.

As a proper noun gibe is




Etymology 1

(etyl) .


  • To bind with a flexible rope or cord.
  • The fasces were girt about with twine in bundles large.
  • To encircle with, or as if with a belt.
  • The lady girt herself with silver chain, from which she hung a golden shear.
    Our home is girt by sea... -
  • To prepare oneself for an action.
  • Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • A sarcastic remark.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I thank thee for that gird , good Tranio.
  • A stroke with a rod or switch.
  • A severe spasm; a twinge; a pang.
  • * Tillotson
  • Conscience is freed from many fearful girds and twinges which the atheist feels.


    (en verb)
  • To jeer at.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Being moved, he will not spare to gird the gods.
  • To jeer.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me.



    Alternative forms

    * gybe * jibe


    (en noun)
  • A facetious or insulting remark; a jeer or taunt.
  • * 1603 , , Hamlet , act 5, scene 1:
  • Hamlet : Alas, poor Yorick! . . . Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar?


  • To perform a jibe (2, 3).
  • To agree.
  • That explanation doesn't gibe with the facts.
  • To cause to execute a gibe (2, 3).
  • (ambitransitive) To reproach with contemptuous words; to deride; to mock.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • Draw the beasts as I describe them, / From their features, while I gibe them.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • Fleer and gibe , and laugh and flout.