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flibbertigibbet

[flib-er-tee-jib-it] /ˈflɪb ər tiˌdʒɪb ɪt/
noun
1.
a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.
2.
Archaic. a gossip.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English flepergebet, flipergebet; reduplicative compound of obscure origin
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  • She enjoyed her new life of luxury while it lasted, but she was no flibbertigibbet.
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flibbertigibbet

/ˈflɪbətɪˌdʒɪbɪt/
noun
1.
an irresponsible, silly, or gossipy person
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for flibbertigibbet
n.

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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