verb (used without object), fa·bled, fa·bling.
verb (used with object), fa·bled, fa·bling.
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Fābulārī, regularized to fābulāre, is the source of Spanish hablar and Portuguese falar “to speak.” Catalan, however, always influenced by French, uses parlar. French parler and Italian parlare are verbs derived from the Latin noun parabola “comparison, explanatory illustration,” in Late Latin (and especially in Christian Latin) “allegorical story, parable, proverb.”
Parabola becomes parola “word” in Italian, parole in French, paraula in Catalan. And by metathesis (transposition of letters) common in Spanish and Portuguese, parabola becomes parabla in Old Spanish, palabra in Spanish, and palavra in Portuguese.
The related English word fib “a small or trivial lie” is a shortening of earlier fibble-fable “nonsense,” an obsolete or dialectal compound based on fable, in the sense “a story not founded in fact.”
OTHER WORDS FROM fablefa·bler, nounout·fa·ble, verb (used with object), out·fa·bled, out·fa·bling.un·fa·bling, adjective
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The fourth artist, Andrew Hladky, burrows deeply into fable, inspired by a dystopian novel.In the galleries: Personal and political perspectives on the past|Mark Jenkins|February 19, 2021|Washington Post
The book’s sequel, “The Spirit of Music,” is a kind of action-adventure fable involving Victor, Michael, and a number of other friends and teachers.The tale of a bass player, sonic epiphanies and a quest to save ‘real music’|Ben Ratliff|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
In her book, Jaffe, a longtime labor journalist, says large corporations specifically conjured this fable in order to pay workers less and give them fewer benefits.Why You Don't Feel as Fulfilled From Your Job as You Think You Should|Eliana Dockterman|January 25, 2021|Time
For a writer who would become most renowned for his nonfiction—he won the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams in 1986—it was his short stories and fables and trickster tales that I most cherished, learned from, stole from.
Like the fable of the city mouse and the country mouse, a city coyote may feel very uncomfortable in the country, and vice versa, guesses Javier Monzon.
The story of fluoridation reads like a postmodern fable, and the moral is clear: a scientific discovery might seem like a boon.
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.
D.H. Lawrence wrestled with the discontent of well-off people in his dark fable, “The Rocking-Horse Winner.”
His hilarious parody-fable, “A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig,” traces the supposed genesis of that culinary delicacy.
You know the fable about the dog who dropped his meat in the water, trying to snap at its reflection?Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
But whatever may be the origin of this fable, the assigning of it to Napoleon is in itself a singular circumstance.
An allusion to the fable in sop about the earthern and brazen pots being dashed together.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
The two versions of this fable are also instances of the relative capabilities of the French and the English four-stress lines.Aesop Dress'd|Bernard Mandeville
This fable is only one among many others that were narrated with a view to curbing the propensities of blaspheming swearers.A Cursory History of Swearing|Julian Sharman