a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood.
verb (used without object), fibbed, fibbing.
to tell a fib.

1560–70; short for fibble-fable nonsense, gradational compound based on fable

fibber, fibster, noun
unfibbing, adjective

1. See falsehood. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
fib (fɪb)
1.  a trivial and harmless lie
vb , fibs, fibbing, fibbed
2.  (intr) to tell such a lie
[C17: perhaps from fibble-fable an unlikely story; see fable]

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Word Origin & History

1610s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from fibble-fable "nonsense" (1580s), a reduplication of fable. The verb is attested from 1680s. Related: Fibbed; fibber; fibbing.
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Example sentences
He was probably not so much fibbing as misinterpreting the question.
The new health reform law promises to keep physicians from fibbing.
Fibbing causes the heart to pound, breathing to accelerate and sweating to
  increase, and the polygraph measures all those things.
High-profile scandals expose a growing problem: more and more employees are
  fibbing to get the job.
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