flibbertigibbet

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flibbertigibbet

[flib-er-tee-jib-it]
noun
1.
a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.
2.
Archaic. a gossip.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English flepergebet, flipergebet; reduplicative compound of obscure origin

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flibbertigibbet (ˈflɪbətɪˌdʒɪbɪt)
 
n
an irresponsible, silly, or gossipy person
 
[C15: of uncertain origin]

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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.
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She enjoyed her new life of luxury while it lasted, but she was no flibbertigibbet.
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