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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
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 for fibbing
  • 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.
  • We are obsessed with fibbing about facts because this is less elusive than the real problem, which is intellectual dishonesty.
British Dictionary definitions for fibbing

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 fibbing

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 fibbing

fib

fibrillation
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