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flibbertigibbet

[flib-er-tee-jib-it]
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noun
  1. a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.
  2. Archaic. a gossip.

Origin of flibbertigibbet

1425–75; late Middle English flepergebet, flipergebet; reduplicative compound of obscure origin
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  • Flibbertigibbet was gazing fixedly at this apparition and made no reply.

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    Mary E. Waller

  • Flibbertigibbet was the snapper for a line of twenty or more girls.

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    Mary E. Waller

  • Flibbertigibbet and her chum looked at each other; should it be nickname or real name?

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  • "That's what they call me here," said Flibbertigibbet when they got down to conversation again.

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  • Flibbertigibbet looked about her inquiringly; but the girls were silent.

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British Dictionary definitions for flibbertigibbet

flibbertigibbet

noun
  1. an irresponsible, silly, or gossipy person

Word Origin

C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for flibbertigibbet

n.

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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