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  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 for fibbing

plant, shovel, concoct, fabricate, equivocate, invent, falsify, palter, promote, prevaricate, jive

Examples from the Web for fibbing

Contemporary Examples of fibbing

Historical Examples of fibbing

  • The only time women do at all well in fibbing is to each other.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley

  • And that was uttered in such a way as to declare that Mrs. Western had been fibbing.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope

  • Caroline was fibbing—or, at least, partly so—but Rose had no way of knowing that.

  • As Marjory was not in the habit of fibbing, she didn't know what to say.

    The Castaways of Pete's Patch

    Carroll Watson Rankin

  • I have no idea of going to the ball, and you would be the belle, if you were to attend; so there was no fibbing, was there?


    Marion Harland

British Dictionary definitions for fibbing


  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 for fib

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



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

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

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