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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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  • The only time women do at all well in fibbing is to each other.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • And that was uttered in such a way as to declare that Mrs. Western had been fibbing.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
  • Caroline was fibbing—or, at least, partly so—but Rose had no way of knowing that.

  • As Marjory was not in the habit of fibbing, she didn't know what to say.

    The Castaways of Pete's Patch Carroll Watson Rankin
  • I have no idea of going to the ball, and you would be the belle, if you were to attend; so there was no fibbing, was there?

    Alone Marion Harland
  • But I got away as quick as I could, for I felt so ashamed because of my fibbing.

    A Young Girl's Diary An Anonymous Young Girl
  • I felt she would know I was fibbing if I did fib, so it wasn't worth while.

    The Brightener C. N. Williamson
  • You don't think there was any fibbing when I said you were a sure-'nough princess, do you?

    Wings of the Wind Credo Harris
British Dictionary definitions for fibbing


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 fibbing



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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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