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[flib-er-tee-jib-it] /ˈflɪb ər tiˌdʒɪb ɪt/
a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.
Archaic. a gossip.
Origin of flibbertigibbet
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English flepergebet, flipergebet; reduplicative compound of obscure origin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Look here, don't they call that—that flibbertigibbet next door 'Barbara'?

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "That's what they call me here," said flibbertigibbet when they got down to conversation again.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • "She ain't chany, I tell yer; she's jest Injy rubber," said flibbertigibbet scornfully but with a note of anxiety in her voice.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • Then Czar, who had come with me to hide from the flibbertigibbet in the house, left me.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright
  • flibbertigibbet was gazing fixedly at this apparition and made no reply.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • All these, voice and piano gave together: nobody who heard "flibbertigibbet" ever forgot it.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • flibbertigibbet and her chum looked at each other; should it be nickname or real name?

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • flibbertigibbet chose one of the panes that was cleaner than the others and putting her two hands close to it began operations.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • flibbertigibbet looked about her inquiringly; but the girls were silent.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • flibbertigibbet and the Marchioness did the finger-talking, and Freckles helped with the interpretation.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
British Dictionary definitions for flibbertigibbet


an irresponsible, silly, or gossipy person
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flibbertigibbet

1540s, "chattering gossip, flighty woman," probably a nonsense word meant to sound like fast talking; as the name of a devil or fiend it dates from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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