Word of the DayFriday, December 22, 2006
\FLIB-er-tee-jib-it\ , noun;
a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.
You're a bit of a flibbertigibbet, and apt to get bored with things.
-- Irene Rathbone, We That Were Young, 1932
She did a lot for nursery schools. She was friendly with a lot of serious people, and if she had been just a cantankerous flibbertigibbet, she wouldn't have had those friends.
-- Deirdre Carmody, "The Astors Battle a TV Image," New York Times, June 13, 1982
Flibbertigibbet is of obscure origin, but is thought have been formed as an imitative representation of the sound of chatter or gossip. It entered English in the late 1400s.
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