- a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood.
- to tell a fib.
Origin of fib
1560–70; short for fibble-fable nonsense, gradational compound based on fable
1. See falsehood.
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Examples from the Web for fibber
I do not know if, as you say, they ride on broomsticks; but I'll tell you this: My father was no fibber.The Silver Lining
You are a classical scholar when you use hyperbole and a 'fibber' when you exaggerate.Hester's Counterpart
Jean K. Baird
You cant do anything now without making me out a fibber, retorted Eleanor.Polly in New York
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Fib′ber, one who fibs; Fib′bery (rare), the habit of fibbing; Fib′ster, a fibber.
"It's here, you fibber," his daughter cried merrily, persisting in her search.Woman Triumphant
Vicente Blasco Ibaez
- a trivial and harmless lie
- (intr) to tell such a lie
C17: perhaps from fibble-fable an unlikely story; see fable
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Word Origin and History for fibber
1723, agent noun from fib (v.).
1680s, from fib (n.). Related: Fibbed; fibbing.
1610s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from fibble-fable "nonsense" (1580s), a reduplication of fable.
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