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fib (fɪb Pronunciation for fib



  1. a trivial and harmless lie


Word forms:  fibs,  fibbing,  fibbed
  1. (intransitive) to tell such a lie

Derived Forms

ˈfibber noun

Word Origin

C17: perhaps from fibble-fable an unlikely story; see fable


View thesaurus entry
= lie, story, fiction, untruth, whopper, porky, pork pie, white lie, prevarication
= lie, invent, fabricate, misrepresent, falsify, tell a lie, prevaricate, perjure, equivocate, dissimulate, tell untruths, forswear yourself

Quotations including 'fib'

  • "fib: a lie that has not cut its teeth" [Ambrose Bierce

Example Sentences Including 'fib'

Chalabi laughed off the allegations as ``a lie, a fib and silly'.
The Australian (2004)
He rang me up half an hour ago and stormed at me for telling the fib - except that Stephen doesn't storm, he's too much of a poppet.
Howatch, Susan Absolute Truths
He wasn't going upstairs but couldn't bring himself to fib about it.
Leeson, Robert The Third Class Genie
If we're going to fib , let's do it Italian fashion; Comment; Opinion
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
PINOCCHIO is alive and well inside all liars - and noses really do grow bigger when people fib.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
Recalls Ahuja: "David suggested, fib a little, and I was appalled.
India Today (1997)
Thirty jumpers at least, and all the wrong size because he would fib when he talked to people like Celebrity Questionnaire.
Laurie Graham MR STARLIGHT (2004)
`Drink Guinness and feel like you're surfing on a giant white horse", they fib.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
`To fib "is a nice and grossly under-rated English verb which is much less offensive and aggressive than the verb `to lie".
Richardson, Alan Priestess - the life and magic of Dion Fortune


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