a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood.

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

to tell a fib.

Nearby words

  1. fiasco,
  2. fiat,
  3. fiat justitia, ruat caelum,
  4. fiat lux,
  5. fiat money,
  6. fibber,
  7. fiber,
  8. fiber bundle,
  9. fiber optics,
  10. fiber pen

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fibbing



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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Word Origin and History for fibbing
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