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Monday, July 15, 2013

Definitions for fribble

  1. to act in a foolish or frivolous manner; trifle.
  2. to waste foolishly (often followed by away): He fribbled away one opportunity after another.
  3. a foolish or frivolous person; trifler.

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Citations for fribble
When a little recovered, he fribbled with his waistcoat buttons, as if he had been telling his beads. Samuel Richardson, Clarrisa, 1748
He fribbled away his time collecting bric-a-brac and drinking tea with old ladies; yet wrote the best letter; in the language in the midst of the chatter; knew everyone; went everywhere; and, as he said, "lived post." Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth and Other Essays, 1942
Origin of fribble
Fribble is most likely a variant of the more common word frivol meaning "to behave frivolously."