fribble

verb
frib·​ble | \ˈfri-bəl \
fribbled; fribbling\ ˈfri-​b(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of fribble 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to trifle or fool away

intransitive verb

1 : trifle

2 obsolete : dodder

fribble

noun

Definition of fribble (Entry 2 of 2)

: a frivolous person, thing, or idea

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Other Words from fribble

Noun

fribble adjective

Examples of fribble in a Sentence

Verb

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And then Jimmy and his mom go to Friendly’s for dinner and ice cream, and Jimmy tries to convince his mom that a fribble is dinner. Gary Gramling, SI.com, "Bills Can Win Games They Shouldn’t Win, Saints and the Ease of Beating an Opponent a Third Time," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of fribble

Verb

1633, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fribble

Verb

origin unknown

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friary

frib

fribble

fribby

Fribourg

fricandeau

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