- a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood.
- to tell a fib.
Origin of fib
Related Words for fibprevarication, story, equivocation, invention, whopper, falsity, canard, jazz, falsehood, yarn, fiction, tale, untruth, evasiveness, mendacity, line, misrepresentation, fabrication, crock, spinach
Examples from the Web for fib
Contemporary Examples of fib
When her friends would go to the movies, Nadia had to fib about her whereabouts in order to tag along.Want This Woman to Lie About Herself? You Can Just Burq Off!
March 24, 2014
Despite Eban's fib, Raz concludes that Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser wasn't ready to negotiate with Israel.No, Israel Didn't Offer to Trade the West Bank for Peace in 1967
July 5, 2012
It started with a fib to her family after her first year of college in Saudi Arabia.Rebel With a Cause
October 21, 2011
With all sides conceding Anthony was a liar, her fate now hangs on which fib the jury buys.Casey Anthony's Lies
May 29, 2011
Historical Examples of fib
She led him back to bed, soothing him like a child, lulling him with a fib.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
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
Of course it does; but you can't have secrecy without a fib or two.White Lies
- a trivial and harmless lie
- (intr) to tell such a lie
Word Origin for fib
1610s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from fibble-fable "nonsense" (1580s), a reduplication of fable.
1680s, from fib (n.). Related: Fibbed; fibbing.