- a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood.
- to tell a fib.
Origin of fib
1560–70; short for fibble-fable nonsense, gradational compound based on fable
1. See falsehood.
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- a trivial and harmless lie
- (intr) to tell such a lie
Word Origin for fib
C17: perhaps from fibble-fable an unlikely story; see fable
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1680s, from fib (n.). Related: Fibbed; fibbing.
1610s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from fibble-fable "nonsense" (1580s), a reduplication of fable.
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