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[flib-er-tee-jib-it] /ˈflɪb ər tiˌdʒɪb ɪt/
a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.
Archaic. a gossip.
Origin of flibbertigibbet
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English flepergebet, flipergebet; reduplicative compound of obscure origin Unabridged
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  • flibbertigibbet was gazing fixedly at this apparition and made no reply.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • flibbertigibbet was the snapper for a line of twenty or more girls.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • flibbertigibbet and her chum looked at each other; should it be nickname or real name?

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • "That's what they call me here," said flibbertigibbet when they got down to conversation again.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • flibbertigibbet looked about her inquiringly; but the girls were silent.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • Then Czar, who had come with me to hide from the flibbertigibbet in the house, left me.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright
  • flibbertigibbet, flib′er-ti-jib′et, n. a flighty person: an imp.

  • All these, voice and piano gave together: nobody who heard "flibbertigibbet" ever forgot it.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • The two girls clapped their hands and flibbertigibbet jumped up and down on the window sill to express her delight.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • flibbertigibbet chose one of the panes that was cleaner than the others and putting her two hands close to it began operations.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
British Dictionary definitions for flibbertigibbet


an irresponsible, silly, or gossipy person
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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