verb (used without object), fa·bled, fa·bling.
verb (used with object), fa·bled, fa·bling.
- fabian society,
- fabian tactics,
- fabian, saint,
- fabius maximus,
Origin of fable
Examples from the Web for fable
It is a fable about an elderly woman, “Grandy,” who has suffered an unnamed loss.
The fable tells us that if policymakers foster competition and cut taxes, the rest will pretty much work itself out.
Or let the ultimate tortois-and-hare campaign end just like the fable.Against All Odds, Can Sarkozy Pull Out an Election Win vs. Hollande?|Tracy McNicoll|May 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He had extraordinary luck at Baden: broke the bank several nights, and was the fable of the place.The History of Pendennis|William Makepeace Thackeray
Shall we grasp at a shadow in the stream, like the dog in the fable, and drop the substance to sink away from us beyond recall?
The godmother's greatest gift, I should say, though the fable lays little stress on it, was a capacity for unalloyed delight.The Real Adventure|Henry Kitchell Webster
The fable or parable was anciently, as it is even now, a favourite weapon of the most successful orators.The Fables of La Fontaine|Jean de la Fontaine
The story of the life of this extraordinary man reads like a fable.American Men of Action|Burton E. Stevenson
Word Origin for fable
c.1300, "falsehood, lie, pretense," from Old French fable (12c.) "story, fable, tale; fiction, lie, falsehood," from Latin fabula "story, play, fable, narrative, account, tale," literally "that which is told," related to fari "speak, tell," from PIE root *bha- (2) "speak" (see fame (n.)). Sense of "animal story" (early 14c.) comes from Aesop. In modern folklore terms, defined as "a short, comic tale making a moral point about human nature, usually through animal characters behaving in human ways." Most trace to Greece or India.