Scoff vs Gibe - What's the difference?

scoff | gibe |

As a noun scoff

is derision; ridicule; a derisive or mocking expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach or scoff can be (south africa) food.

As a verb scoff

is to jeer; laugh at with contempt and derision or scoff can be (british) to eat food quickly.

As a proper noun gibe is




Etymology 1

From (etyl) scof/skof, of Scandinavian origin. Compare (etyl) skaup, Danish skuffelse(noun)/skuffe(verb) and Old High German scoph.


(en noun)
  • Derision; ridicule; a derisive or mocking expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach.
  • * Shakespeare
  • With scoffs , and scorns, and contumelious taunts.
  • * 1852 , The Dublin University Magazine (page 66)
  • There were sneers, and scoffs , and inuendoes of some; prophecies of failure in a hundred ways
  • An object of scorn, mockery, or derision.
  • * Cowper
  • The scoff of withered age and beardless youth.
    * derision, ridicule * See also


  • To jeer; laugh at with contempt and derision.
  • * Goldsmith
  • Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, / And fools who came to scoff , remained to pray.
    * contemn, deride, sneer

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl).


    (en noun)
  • (South Africa) Food.
  • Verb

  • (British) To eat food quickly.
  • (South Africa) To eat.
  • Synonyms
    * (eat quickly) (l), (l) (US)

    See also

    * scuff



    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.