fib

noun
\ ˈfib How to pronounce fib (audio) \

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

Other Words from fib

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 In the original study, researchers collected ECG patch data from 450 people who were notified, 34% of whom were found to have A-fib. Stat Staff, STAT, 30 Sep. 2021 The causes of a-fib are not completely understood, but one widespread view is that too much caffeine might trigger it. Steven Salzberg, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The kid goes into v-fib, and Maggie is needed again. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 16 Apr. 2021 Over the months, the minor fib has spiraled into Mrs. Doubtfire levels of deception. Saahil Desai, The Atlantic, 17 Jan. 2021 In a cruel twist of fate, her fib leads her parents to send her away to China. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 11 Aug. 2020 As the Boston Globe and other news organizations have reported, the tweet is a lobster fib. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 4 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Surprisingly, 82% of charity and volunteer workers have lied to try and land a job, while 75% in the leisure, sport, and tourism fields fib on their CVs. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 12 Oct. 2021 When deployed more widely to sniff out passengers, the dogs may also deter would-be travelers inclined to fib about their coronavirus exposure or infection status. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 But Shachar does sympathize with those tempted to fib about a health problem or use an old address to qualify for a vaccine — especially when different areas have different rules. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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, 24 May 2018 Arizona wouldn’t have been fibbing on his height, right? Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, 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, 1 Feb. 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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11 Oct 2021

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“Fib.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fib. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for fib

fib

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fib

: 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

fib

abbreviation

Medical Definition of fib

fibrillation

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