fib

noun
\ ˈfib How to pronounce fib (audio) \

Definition of fib

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a trivial or childish lie
fibbed; fibbing

Definition of fib (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to tell a fib
fibbed; fibbing

Definition of fib (Entry 3 of 3)

British

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Verb (1)

fibber noun

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Verb (1)

lie, prevaricate, equivocate, palter, fib mean to tell an untruth. lie is the blunt term, imputing dishonesty. lied about where he had been prevaricate softens the bluntness of lie by implying quibbling or confusing the issue. during the hearings the witness did his best to prevaricate equivocate implies using words having more than one sense so as to seem to say one thing but intend another. equivocated endlessly in an attempt to mislead her inquisitors palter implies making unreliable statements of fact or intention or insincere promises. a swindler paltering with his investors fib applies to a telling of a trivial untruth. fibbed about the price of the new suit

Examples of fib in a Sentence

Noun I have to admit that I told a fib when I said I enjoyed the movie. Is she telling fibs again?
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Presented on Zoom, the show will feature comedians from the Comedy Arena who will try to tell whether guests are telling a fib or the truth. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do this month in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 27 Aug. 2020 The show, which starts at 7 p.m. Aug. 28, will feature comedians from The Comedy Arena, who will try to tell if guests are telling a fib or truth. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Here’s how you can see Irving’s annual comedy show, Laughs by the Lake, during the COVID-19 pandemic," 11 Aug. 2020 As the Boston Globe and other news organizations have reported, the tweet is a lobster fib. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "This Fourth of July, Consider Trump’s Lobster Fib," 4 July 2020 Witnesses said Banks and Harris forced their way in, but Kucaba noted that there was no sign the door was tampered with, and that the teens had incentive to fib since they weren’t allowed to have certain visitors when their mother wasn’t present. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Woman convicted in killing of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis’ grandson in spat over gym shoes," 24 July 2019 This aggressively contemporary tale of a social-media fib that whips itself into a viral whirlwind became its own sensation and scored a half-dozen Tony Awards in 2017, including the trophy for best musical. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The Weekender: French films, first-rate fests, and OMG ‘Evan Hansen’!," 11 July 2019 Kahan also gets caught in a little fib when asked for a fact about himself that might surprise people. Rebecca Schiller, Billboard, "Get to Know 'Hurt Somebody' Singer-Songwriter Noah Kahan: Watch," 4 June 2018 But D'Aprix also cautions that caregivers must not justify telling a therapeutic fib in order to avoid difficult or painful conversations. Steven Petrow, chicagotribune.com, "'Loving deception': How white lies can benefit Alzheimer's patients," 20 Mar. 2018 People tell lies to make a person feel better, but even the smallest fib can hurt if the recipient acts on the false feedback. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "Stressed Out, Anxious or Sad? Try Meditating," 4 Dec. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Testing is scarcer in poor countries; and autocratic governments (more common in the developing world) are likelier than democracies to fib about figures. The Economist, "The week in charts America, race and the police," 5 June 2020 As far as the food, Pacifico fibbed, advertising crab on the menu/menu board but serving imitation crab. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Rodent poop in a fruit bowl, near soup, on shelves. These restaurants are in deep ...," 7 June 2018 Survey results will be skewed if the types who do not answer are different from those who do, or if certain types of people are more loth to answer some questions, or more likely to fib. The Economist, "Plunging response rates to household surveys worry policymakers," 24 May 2018 Arizona wouldn’t have been fibbing on his height, right? Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "NBA Draft Combine: shorter players, heavier players and a freak of nature," 17 May 2018 Here’s how the scam worked, according to court documents: A mortgage application fibbing about the buyer’s income, assets or down payment (or all three) would be submitted to Washington Mutual. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "He directed $20 million in fake luxury home buys. That bought real prison time.," 1 Feb. 2018 So fibbing about your past compensation in hopes of securing a raise may not work out so well. Ron Lieber, New York Times, "You Can’t Fire Equifax, but Your Employer Can. Mine Just Did.," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of fib

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1675, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fib

Noun

perhaps by shortening & alteration from fable

Verb (2)

origin unknown

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4 Sep 2020

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“Fib.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fib. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for fib

fib

noun
How to pronounce fib (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fib

informal : an untrue statement about something minor or unimportant

fib

noun
\ ˈfib How to pronounce fib (audio) \

Kids Definition of fib

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a lie about something unimportant

fib

verb
fibbed; fibbing

Kids Definition of fib (Entry 2 of 2)

: to tell a lie about something unimportant

Other Words from fib

fibber noun

Medical Definition of fib

fibrillation

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