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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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  • "Don't go telling any fibs," said Leonora, gently, smiling with just a suggestion of gratification.

    The Torrent Vicente Blasco Ibaez
  • Monny and I made up our minds from the first, as I told you, that there mustn't be any fibs.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • There, no fibs; they won't convince me, and you will only be committing sin for nothing.

  • However, fibs of this sort one blinks at where pretty girls are the criminals.

    April's Lady Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  • He has indulged himself in fibs to such an extent, that fibs are now as necessary to him as drams to the drunkard.

  • Had not fibs rolled from her speech as hairpins from her black shiny chignon?

  • Then you two adventurers told no fibs about the size, laughed Mr. Tremaine.

    The Motor Boat Club in Florida H. Irving Hancock
  • Still, you pretended that you could see exactly what had happened, which was fibs.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • However this be, it is hard to say that these fibs have that clear intention to deceive which constitutes a complete lie.

    Children's Ways James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for fibs

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 fibs

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 fibs

FIBS

field by information blending and smoothing

fib

fibrillation
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