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fib

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noun

a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood.

verb (used without object), fibbed, fib·bing.

to tell a fib.

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fiasco, fiat, fiat justitia, ruat caelum, fiat lux, fiat money, fib, fiber, fiber bundle, fiber optics, fiber pen, fiber, dietary

Origin of fib

1560–70; short for fibble-fable nonsense, gradational compound based on fable
Related formsfib·ber, fib·ster, nounun·fib·bing, adjective

Synonym study

1. See falsehood.
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fib

/ (fɪb) /

noun

a trivial and harmless lie

verb fibs, fibbing or fibbed

(intr) to tell such a lie
Derived Formsfibber, noun

Word Origin for fib

C17: perhaps from fibble-fable an unlikely story; see fable
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