verb (used without object), fa·bled, fa·bling.
verb (used with object), fa·bled, fa·bling.
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Origin of fable
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historical usage of fable
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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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.
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