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fib

noun \ ˈfib \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of fib

: a trivial or childish lie

Examples of fib in a Sentence

  1. I have to admit that I told a fib when I said I enjoyed the movie.

  2. Is she telling fibs again?

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Origin and Etymology of fib

perhaps by shortening & alteration from fable


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fib

verb

Definition of fib

fibbed; fibbing
intransitive verb
: to tell a fib

fibber

noun

Recent Examples of fib from the Web

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First Known Use of fib

1675

Synonym Discussion of fib

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

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fib

verb

Definition of fib

fibbed; fibbing
British

Origin and Etymology of fib

origin unknown


FIB Defined for English Language Learners

fib

noun

Definition of fib for English Language Learners

  • : an untrue statement about something minor or unimportant


FIB Defined for Kids

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fib

noun \ ˈfib \

Definition of fib for Students

: a lie about something unimportant

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fib

verb

Definition of fib for Students

fibbed; fibbing
: to tell a lie about something unimportant

fibber

noun

Medical Dictionary

fib

abbreviation

medical Definition of fib

fibrillation


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