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fib

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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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Related Words

fabulistfabricatorprevaricatorstorytellerfalsifier

Examples from the Web for fibber

Historical Examples

  • I do not know if, as you say, they ride on broomsticks; but I'll tell you this: My father was no fibber.

    The Silver Lining

    John Roussel

  • You are a classical scholar when you use hyperbole and a 'fibber' when you exaggerate.

  • You cant do anything now without making me out a fibber, retorted Eleanor.

    Polly in New York

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • Fib′ber, one who fibs; Fib′bery (rare), the habit of fibbing; Fib′ster, a fibber.

  • "It's here, you fibber," his daughter cried merrily, persisting in her search.

    Woman Triumphant

    Vicente Blasco Ibaez


British Dictionary definitions for fibber

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 fibber

n.

1723, agent noun from fib (v.).

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fib

v.

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

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fib

n.

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

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