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Fib definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

FIB, n. [See Fable.] A lie or falsehood; a word used among children and the vulgar, as a softer expression than lie.
FIB, v.i. To lie; to speak falsely.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a trivial lie; "he told a fib about eating his spinach"; "how can I stop my child from telling stories?" [syn: fib, story, tale, tarradiddle, taradiddle] v
1: tell a relatively insignificant lie; "Fibbing is not acceptable, even if you don't call it lying"

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: perhaps by shortening & alteration from fable Date: 1611 a trivial or childish lie II. intransitive verb (fibbed; fibbing) Date: 1675 to tell a fib Synonyms: see lie fibber noun III. verb (fibbed; fibbing) Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1665 British pummel, beat

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. a trivial or venial lie. --v.intr. (fibbed, fibbing) tell a fib. Derivatives: fibber n. fibster n. Etymology: perh. f. obs. fible-fable nonsense, redupl. of FABLE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fib Fib, n. [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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fib Fib, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fibbed; p. pr. & vb. n. Fibbing.] To speak falsely. [Colloq.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fib Fib, v. t. To tell a fib to. [R.] --De Quincey.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(fibs, fibbing, fibbed) 1. A fib is a small, unimportant lie. (INFORMAL) She told innocent fibs like anyone else. N-COUNT 2. If someone is fibbing, they are telling lies. (INFORMAL) He laughs loudly when I accuse him of fibbing. VERB: V

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. (Colloq. and euphemistic.) Lie, falsehood, intentional untruth. II. v. n. (Colloq. and euphemistic.) Lie, tell a lie.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

To beat. Fib the cove's quarron in the rumpad for the lour in his bung; beat the fellow in the highway for the money in his purse. Cant.--A fib is also a tiny lie.

Moby Thesaurus

be untruthful, blague, bouncer, canard, cock-and-bull story, concoct, deceive, draw the longbow, equivocate, equivocation, evasiveness, exaggerate, exaggeration, fabricate, fairy tale, falsehood, falsify, falsity, farfetched story, farrago, fiction, fish story, flam, flimflam, ghost story, half-truth, legal fiction, lie, lie flatly, little white lie, make up, mendacity, mislead, palter, pious fiction, prevaricate, prevarication, slight stretching, speak falsely, story, stretch the truth, tale, tall story, tall tale, taradiddle, tell a lie, trump up, trumped-up story, untruth, untruthfulness, white lie, yarn

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