- noun ambience, atmosphere, mood, the latest news. A shortening of vibrations popular in the hippy era, vibe was applied catholically to anything that was ‘in the air’; from an intuitive empathy (‘I like it here. There’s a really good vibe about the place’.), to an item of hot gossip (‘Hey man, what’s the vibe about Mary?’). The plural vibes was a more widespread near-synonym.