Synonyms & Antonyms of fib

(Entry 1 of 3)

a statement known by its maker to be untrue and made in order to deceive
  • the claim that everyday living would be impossible without at least a few innocent fibs

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verb (1)

Synonyms & Antonyms of fib (Entry 2 of 3)

to make a statement one knows to be untrue
  • fibbed and said that he had remembered to water her plants while she was away

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Synonyms of fib (Entry 3 of 3)

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How does the verb fib differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of fib are equivocate, lie, palter, and prevaricate. While all these words mean "to tell an untruth," fib applies to a telling of a trivial untruth.

fibbed about the price of the new suit

When might equivocate be a better fit than fib?

The synonyms equivocate and fib are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

When is lie a more appropriate choice than fib?

While the synonyms lie and fib are close in meaning, lie is the blunt term, imputing dishonesty.

lied about where he had been

Where would palter be a reasonable alternative to fib?

The words palter and fib are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, palter implies making unreliable statements of fact or intention or insincere promises.

a swindler paltering with his investors

How are the words prevaricate and lie related as synonyms of fib?

Prevaricate softens the bluntness of lie by implying quibbling or confusing the issue.

during the hearings the witness did his best to prevaricate

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“Fib.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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