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flibbertigibbet

[flib-er-tee-jib-it]
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noun
  1. a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.
  2. Archaic. a gossip.
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Origin of flibbertigibbet

1425–75; late Middle English flepergebet, flipergebet; reduplicative compound of obscure origin
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Related Words for flibbertigibbet

blabbermouth, meddler, snoop, parrot, tattler, tabby, tattle, taleteller, chatterbox, gossiper, rumormonger, informer, scandalmonger, busybody, talebearer, prattler, chatterer, t, flibbertigibbet, newsmonger

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Historical Examples of flibbertigibbet

  • Flibbertigibbet was gazing fixedly at this apparition and made no reply.

    Flamsted quarries

    Mary E. Waller

  • Flibbertigibbet was the snapper for a line of twenty or more girls.

    Flamsted quarries

    Mary E. Waller

  • Flibbertigibbet and her chum looked at each other; should it be nickname or real name?

    Flamsted quarries

    Mary E. Waller

  • "That's what they call me here," said Flibbertigibbet when they got down to conversation again.

    Flamsted quarries

    Mary E. Waller

  • Flibbertigibbet looked about her inquiringly; but the girls were silent.

    Flamsted quarries

    Mary E. Waller


British Dictionary definitions for flibbertigibbet

flibbertigibbet

noun
  1. an irresponsible, silly, or gossipy person
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Word Origin for flibbertigibbet

C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for 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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