- a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.
- Archaic. a gossip.
Origin of flibbertigibbet
1425–75; late Middle English flepergebet, flipergebet; reduplicative compound of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for flibbertigibbet
Flibbertigibbet was gazing fixedly at this apparition and made no reply.
Flibbertigibbet was the snapper for a line of twenty or more girls.
Flibbertigibbet and her chum looked at each other; should it be nickname or real name?
"That's what they call me here," said Flibbertigibbet when they got down to conversation again.
Flibbertigibbet looked about her inquiringly; but the girls were silent.
- an irresponsible, silly, or gossipy person
C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for flibbertigibbet
1540s, "chattering gossip, flighty woman," probably a nonsense word meant to sound like fast talking; as the name of a devil or fiend it dates from c.1600.
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