[frib-uh l]
verb (used with object), frib·bled, frib·bling.
  1. to waste foolishly (often followed by away): He fribbled away one opportunity after another.
  1. a foolish or frivolous person; trifler.
  2. anything trifling or frivolous.
  3. frivolousness.
  1. frivolous; foolish; trifling.

Origin of fribble

First recorded in 1620–30; perhaps alteration of frivol
Related formsfrib·bler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for fribbler

Historical Examples of fribbler

  • He to whom the destiny of the realm is entrusted could scarcely be a fribbler!

British Dictionary definitions for fribbler


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

Word Origin for fribble

C17: of unknown origin
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