fable

[ fey-buh l ]
/ ˈfeɪ bəl /

noun

verb (used without object), fa·bled, fa·bling.

to tell or write fables.
to speak falsely; lie: to fable about one's past.

verb (used with object), fa·bled, fa·bling.

to describe as if actually so; talk about as if true: She is fabled to be the natural daughter of a king.

Origin of fable

1250–1300; Middle English fable, fabel, fabul < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fābula a story, tale, equivalent to fā(rī) to speak + -bula suffix of instrument

Related forms

fa·bler, nounout·fa·ble, verb (used with object), out·fa·bled, out·fa·bling.un·fa·bling, adjective

Can be confused

fable legend myth (see synonym study at legend)
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British Dictionary definitions for fables

fable

/ (ˈfeɪbəl) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

fabler, noun

Word Origin for fable

C13: from Latin fābula story, narrative, from fārī to speak, say
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