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Webster 1913 Edition


Fib

Fib

,
Noun.
[Prob. fr.
fable
; cf. Prov. E.
fibble-fabble
nonsense.]
A falsehood; a lie; – used euphemistically.
They are very serious; they don’t tell
fibs
.
H. James.

Fib

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Fibbed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Fibbing
.]
To speak falsely.
[Colloq.]

Fib

,
Verb.
T.
To tell a fib to.
[R.]
De Quincey.

Webster 1828 Edition


Fib

FIB

,
Noun.
[See Fable.] A lie or falsehood; a word used among children and the vulgar, as a softer expression than lie.

FIB

,
Verb.
I.
To lie; to speak falsely.

Definition 2022


fib

fib

English

Noun

fib (plural fibs)

  1. (informal) A lie, especially one that is more or less inconsequential.
    • Henry James
      They are very serious; they don't tell fibs.
Translations

Verb

fib (third-person singular simple present fibs, present participle fibbing, simple past and past participle fibbed)

  1. (intransitive) To lie, especially more or less inconsequentially.
Synonyms
  • tell a fib
  • tell fibs
Translations

References

  • fib in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913 (etymology)

Etymology 2

Shortened from fibula

Noun

fib (plural fibs)

  1. (medicine, informal) Short form of fibula.
See also

Anagrams


Volapük

Noun

fib (plural fibs)

  1. weakness

Declension

Derived terms

  • fibot