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: a trivial or childish lie


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verb (1)

fibbed; fibbing

intransitive verb

: to tell a fib
fibber noun


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verb (2)

fibbed; fibbing
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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? Verb (1) fibbed and said that he had remembered to water her plants while she was away Verb (2) the two drunken pub crawlers proceeded to fib each other senseless
Recent Examples on the Web
One fib could land him in jail with the rest of his flunkies. Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 25 May 2024 Before her family shows up to meet this mystery man at her birthday party, can Aaliyah find the right one to turn that big fib into reality? Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2024
Without employers keeping workers in check, people may be more tempted to fib. Ron Lieber, New York Times, 1 June 2024 Bob Fireman’s Wagon Wheel Carnival was a cathedral built to the glory of fibbing. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for fib 

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Word History



perhaps by shortening & alteration from fable

Verb (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use


1611, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1675, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1610, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fib was in 1610

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Cite this Entry

“Fib.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an unimportant lie
fib verb
fibber noun

Medical Definition



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