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[fib] /fɪb/
a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood.
verb (used without object), fibbed, fibbing.
to tell a fib.
Origin of fib
1560-70; short for fibble-fable nonsense, gradational compound based on fable
Related forms
fibber, fibster, noun
unfibbing, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See falsehood. Unabridged
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  • She led him back to bed, soothing him like a child, lulling him with a fib.

  • You are not telling me a fib, I hope, about keeping up a clear fire?

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Then all that tale about finding the Eagles' Nest without help was a—fib!

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown
  • "Why, you told a right up and down——fib," said Susy, looking shocked.

    Little Prudy Sophie May
  • Of course it does; but you can't have secrecy without a fib or two.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • "That's a fib, you've got them in your own pocket," bawled Demi, roused by the false accusation.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
British Dictionary definitions for fib


a trivial and harmless lie
verb fibs, fibbing, fibbed
(intransitive) to tell such a lie
Derived Forms
fibber, noun
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from fibble-fable an unlikely story; see fable
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Word Origin and History for fib

1610s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from fibble-fable "nonsense" (1580s), a reduplication of fable.


1680s, from fib (n.). Related: Fibbed; fibbing.

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