Origin of fribble

First recorded in 1620–30; perhaps alteration of frivol
Related formsfrib·bler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fribble


/ (ˈfrɪbəl) /


(tr) to fritter away; waste
(intr) to act frivolously; trifle


a wasteful or frivolous person or action


frivolous; trifling
Derived Formsfribbler, noun

Word Origin for fribble

C17: of unknown origin
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