flibbertigibbet

[ flib-er-tee-jib-it ]
/ ˈflɪb ər tiˌdʒɪb ɪt /

noun

a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.
Archaic. a gossip.

Nearby words

  1. flexuously,
  2. flexure,
  3. fley,
  4. fleyedly,
  5. flibbert,
  6. flic,
  7. flicflac,
  8. flichter,
  9. flick,
  10. flick knife

Origin of flibbertigibbet

1425–75; late Middle English flepergebet, flipergebet; reduplicative compound of obscure origin

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British Dictionary definitions for flibbertigibbet

flibbertigibbet

/ (ˈflɪbətɪˌdʒɪbɪt) /

noun

an irresponsible, silly, or gossipy person

Word Origin for flibbertigibbet

C15: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for flibbertigibbet

flibbertigibbet

n.

1540s, "chattering gossip, flighty woman," probably a nonsense word meant to sound like fast talking; as the name of a devil or fiend it dates from c.1600.

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