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[fib] /fɪb/
a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood.
verb (used without object), fibbed, fibbing.
to tell a fib.
Origin of fib
1560-70; short for fibble-fable nonsense, gradational compound based on fable
Related forms
fibber, fibster, noun
unfibbing, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See falsehood. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fib
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  • I meant that when you try to fib you always do it so badly that one sees right through you.

    The Great K. & A. Robbery Paul Liechester Ford
  • Don't let my displeasure be too fierce with him for a fib or two on his own account.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • You avoid a cab, saying that of all things you like to walk home after dinner (which you know, my good friend, is a fib).

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Well, sir, I grieve to have to confess that I told you a fib.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • What she meant was, "I know you cannot get a conviction, so I can tell a fib."

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
  • Very merry tea (what a fib, when we have had no tea this month).

    Yr Ynys Unyg Julia de Winton
British Dictionary definitions for fib


a trivial and harmless lie
verb fibs, fibbing, fibbed
(intransitive) to tell such a lie
Derived Forms
fibber, noun
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from fibble-fable an unlikely story; see fable
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Word Origin and History for fib

1610s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from fibble-fable "nonsense" (1580s), a reduplication of fable.


1680s, from fib (n.). Related: Fibbed; fibbing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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