verb (used without object), fa·bled, fa·bling.
verb (used with object), fa·bled, fa·bling.
Origin of fable
Examples from the Web for fables
But when the darkness closes in, we actually run to fairy tales and fables.
A long list of favorite books includes Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of Oz, Aesop's Fables, and The Odyssey.
They were not designed via the epiphany of an unlettered Russian sergeant at a workbench, as fables would have it.
There are a thousand legends and fables about the waste, the shameless theft, and so on.Letters of Anton Chekhov|Anton Chekhov
It is significant that there is not a trace of Mariolatry in these tales and fables.Rumanian Bird and Beast Stories|Anonymous
The fox always gets the better of everyone else in the fables.Human Animals|Frank Hamel
I don't know why monsieur le chevalier brings me into all the fables he invents.The Bath Keepers, v.1 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume VII)|Charles Paul de Kock
I have been reading, of late, in a new volume of "Maxims and Fables."The Patient Observer|Simeon Strunsky
British Dictionary definitions for fables
Word Origin for fable
Word Origin and History for fables
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.