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noun
  1. a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood.
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verb (used without object), fibbed, fib·bing.
  1. to tell a fib.
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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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Examples from the Web for fib

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  • She led him back to bed, soothing him like a child, lulling him with a fib.

  • You are not telling me a fib, I hope, about keeping up a clear fire?

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • Then all that tale about finding the Eagles' Nest without help was a—fib!

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown

  • "Why, you told a right up and down——fib," said Susy, looking shocked.

    Little Prudy

    Sophie May

  • Of course it does; but you can't have secrecy without a fib or two.

    White Lies

    Charles Reade


British Dictionary definitions for fib

fib

noun
  1. a trivial and harmless lie
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verb fibs, fibbing or fibbed
  1. (intr) to tell such a lie
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Derived Formsfibber, noun

Word Origin

C17: perhaps from fibble-fable an unlikely story; see fable
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Word Origin and History for fib

n.

1610s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from fibble-fable "nonsense" (1580s), a reduplication of fable.

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v.

1680s, from fib (n.). Related: Fibbed; fibbing.

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