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[frib-uh l]
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verb (used without object), frib·bled, frib·bling.
  1. to act in a foolish or frivolous manner; trifle.
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verb (used with object), frib·bled, frib·bling.
  1. to waste foolishly (often followed by away): He fribbled away one opportunity after another.
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  1. a foolish or frivolous person; trifler.
  2. anything trifling or frivolous.
  3. frivolousness.
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  1. frivolous; foolish; trifling.
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Origin of fribble

First recorded in 1620–30; perhaps alteration of frivol
Related formsfrib·bler, noun
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Historical Examples

  • And so he became a priest, a fribble, and a coxcomb, but a man of truth.

    The Browning Cyclopdia

    Edward Berdoe

  • Out here a Howat Penny, just like any fribble about the Court.

    The Three Black Pennys

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • There is no room in the busy throng of ardent blackers for the idler or the fribble.

  • In Fribble he imitated no fewer than eleven men of fashion so that every one recognised them.

    Haunted London

    Walter Thornbury

  • But I might say that she is in fulness a woman—not a fribble, or one of those pick-me-up-and-carry-me women.

    War and the Weird

    Forbes Phillips

British Dictionary definitions for fribble


  1. (tr) to fritter away; waste
  2. (intr) to act frivolously; trifle
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  1. a wasteful or frivolous person or action
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  1. frivolous; trifling
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Derived Formsfribbler, noun

Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin
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