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fib

[fib] /fɪb/
noun
1.
a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood.
verb (used without object), fibbed, fibbing.
2.
to tell a fib.
Origin of fib
1560-1570
1560-70; short for fibble-fable nonsense, gradational compound based on fable
Related forms
fibber, fibster, noun
unfibbing, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See falsehood.
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Examples from the Web for fibber
Historical Examples
  • I do not know if, as you say, they ride on broomsticks; but I'll tell you this: My father was no fibber.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • "It's here, you fibber," his daughter cried merrily, persisting in her search.

    Woman Triumphant Vicente Blasco Ibaez
  • You are a classical scholar when you use hyperbole and a 'fibber' when you exaggerate.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • Fib′ber, one who fibs; Fib′bery (rare), the habit of fibbing; Fib′ster, a fibber.

  • You cant do anything now without making me out a fibber, retorted Eleanor.

    Polly in New York Lillian Elizabeth Roy
British Dictionary definitions for fibber

fib

/fɪb/
noun
1.
a trivial and harmless lie
verb fibs, fibbing, fibbed
2.
(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 fibber
n.

1723, agent noun from fib (v.).

fib

n.

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

v.

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

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Related Abbreviations for fibber

fib

fibrillation
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