fib

noun
\ ˈfib \

Definition of fib 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: a trivial or childish lie

fib

verb (1)
fibbed; fibbing

Definition of fib (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to tell a fib

fib

verb (2)
fibbed; fibbing

Definition of fib (Entry 3 of 3)

British

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Other words from fib

Verb (1)

fibber noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fib

Synonyms: Noun

fable, fabrication, fairy tale, falsehood, falsity, lie, mendacity, prevarication, story, tale, untruth, whopper

Antonyms: Noun

truth

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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

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 When the value of the tax roll rises, council members often keep the tax rate the same and claim that taxes didn’t go up. That’s a fib. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tax roll way up — don't let wily public officials raise your taxes," 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 But D’Aprix also cautions that caregivers must not justify telling a therapeutic fib in order to avoid difficult or painful conversations. Steven Petrow, Washington Post, "Is it okay tell an Alzheimer’s patient a white lie?," 17 Mar. 2018 The fib hid the fact that Truman had just unknowingly competed in a national Let’s Play Music competition for young composers. Katherine Jones, idahostatesman, "Young Eagle musician finds his voice at the keyboard; prepares for nationals | Idaho Statesman," 9 Mar. 2018 His enthusiasm suggests it is, but Jimmy’s seemingly boundless energy can manifest in a tendency to fib. Clay Skipper, GQ, "Jimmy Butler Is Making It Up as He Goes Along," 18 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The machine, and Sylvestre, in the past have found that Hillary Clinton, former FBI director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch have fibbed bigly. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Nat'l Enquirer scoops! Trump aces polygraph! Cohen role questioned!," 28 Apr. 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 Elsewhere, Fox analyst Guy Benson offered his take on a New York Times chart comparing Trump and Barack Obama lies, claiming Trump has fibbed at a rate six times greater in his first ten months. James Warren, The Hive, "Will Bob Iger’s Mega-Merger Turn Disney Into a Monster?," 15 Dec. 2017 Alexa McDonald of Columbus, Ohio, discovered that her parents fib a bit. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "It’s 10 P.M. Did You Check the Phone to See Where Your Parents Are?," 14 Sep. 2017

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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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fib

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fib

: an untrue statement about something minor or unimportant

fib

noun
\ ˈfib \

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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