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fribble

[frib-uh l] /ˈfrɪb əl/
verb (used without object), fribbled, fribbling.
1.
to act in a foolish or frivolous manner; trifle.
verb (used with object), fribbled, fribbling.
2.
to waste foolishly (often followed by away):
He fribbled away one opportunity after another.
noun
3.
a foolish or frivolous person; trifler.
4.
anything trifling or frivolous.
adjective
6.
frivolous; foolish; trifling.
Origin of fribble
1620-1630
1620-30; perhaps alteration of frivol
Related forms
fribbler, noun
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Examples from the Web for fribble
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  • Out here a Howat Penny, just like any fribble about the Court.

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer
  • And so he became a priest, a fribble, and a coxcomb, but a man of truth.

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
  • There is no room in the busy throng of ardent blackers for the idler or the fribble.

  • But I might say that she is in fulness a woman—not a fribble, or one of those pick-me-up-and-carry-me women.

    War and the Weird Forbes Phillips
  • In fribble he imitated no fewer than eleven men of fashion so that every one recognised them.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • He ought to have been taken about the country in order to show the world the true meaning of a fribble and a beau.

    The Lady of Lynn Walter Besant
  • The days are gone when a girl would so much as look at such a fribble as Sir Plume.

    Phantom Fortune, A Novel M. E. Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for fribble

fribble

/ˈfrɪbəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to fritter away; waste
2.
(intransitive) to act frivolously; trifle
noun
3.
a wasteful or frivolous person or action
adjective
4.
frivolous; trifling
Derived Forms
fribbler, noun
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Slang definitions & phrases for fribble

fribble

noun

A trifle; a piece of inanity: For every zappow fribble, there were equal servings of socially redeeming food for thought (1832+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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