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fribble

play
verb frib·ble \ ˈfri-bəl \

Definition of fribble

fribbled; fribbling play \ˈfri-b(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
:to trifle or fool away
intransitive verb
1 :trifle
2 obsolete :dodder

Examples of fribble in a Sentence

  1. somehow, he managed to spend the whole morning fribbling instead of doing his assigned work

Origin and Etymology of fribble

origin unknown

fribble Synonyms

Synonyms
doodle, fool around, fiddle (around), goof (around), hang about [British], kick around, mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle
Related Words
dally, dawdle, dillydally, hang (around or out), idle, loaf, loll, lounge; clown (around), horse around; diddle (with), tinker
Near Antonyms
buckle (down), knuckle down, set (to), settle (down)

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fribble

noun

Definition of fribble

:a frivolous person, thing, or idea

fribble

adjective

First Known Use of fribble

1664



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