[ fib ]
/ fɪb /
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a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood.
verb (used without object), fibbed, fib·bing.
to tell a fib.
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Origin of fib
1560–70; short for fibble-fable nonsense, gradational compound based on fable
synonym study for fib
1. See falsehood.
OTHER WORDS FROM fibfibber, fibster, nounun·fib·bing, adjective
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How to use fib in a sentence
"It's here, you fibber," his daughter cried merrily, persisting in her search.Woman Triumphant|Vicente Blasco Ibaez
Fib′ber, one who fibs; Fib′bery (rare), the habit of fibbing; Fib′ster, a fibber.
You cant do anything now without making me out a fibber, retorted Eleanor.Polly in New York|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
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
"I was thinking of the monstrous fibber-in here," said "Squills," lugubriously.The Red Acorn|John McElroy
British Dictionary definitions for fib
/ (fɪb) /
a trivial and harmless lie
verb fibs, fibbing or fibbed
(intr) to tell such a lie
Derived forms of fibfibber, noun
Word Origin for fib
C17: perhaps from fibble-fable an unlikely story; see fable
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