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fib

[fib] /fɪb/
noun
1.
a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood.
verb (used without object), fibbed, fibbing.
2.
to tell a fib.
Origin of fib
1560-1570
1560-70; short for fibble-fable nonsense, gradational compound based on fable
Related forms
fibber, fibster, noun
unfibbing, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See falsehood.
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British Dictionary definitions for fibster

fib

/fɪb/
noun
1.
a trivial and harmless lie
verb fibs, fibbing, fibbed
2.
(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 fibster

fib

v.

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

fib

n.

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

v.

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

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