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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fib]
    • /fɪb/
    • /fɪb/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fib]
    • /fɪb/

Definitions of fib word

  • noun fib a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood. 1
  • verb without object fib to tell a fib. 1
  • noun fib A lie, typically an unimportant one. 1
  • noun fib small lie 1
  • intransitive verb fib tell a small lie 1
  • countable noun fib A fib is a small, unimportant lie. 0

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Origin of fib

First appearance:

before 1560
One of the 32% oldest English words
1560-70; short for fibble-fable nonsense, gradational compound based on fable

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Fib


fib popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fib usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fib

verb fib

  • plant — any member of the kingdom Plantae, comprising multicellular organisms that typically produce their own food from inorganic matter by the process of photosynthesis and that have more or less rigid cell walls containing cellulose, including vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, and hornworts: some classification schemes may include fungi, algae, bacteria, blue-green algae, and certain single-celled eukaryotes that have plantlike qualities, as rigid cell walls or photosynthesis.
  • shovel — an implement consisting of a broad blade or scoop attached to a long handle, used for taking up, removing, or throwing loose matter, as earth, snow, or coal.
  • concoct — If you concoct an excuse or explanation, you invent one that is not true.
  • fabricate — to make by art or skill and labor; construct: The finest craftspeople fabricated this clock.
  • invent — to originate or create as a product of one's own ingenuity, experimentation, or contrivance: to invent the telegraph.

noun fib

  • untruth — the state or character of being untrue.
  • white lie — a minor, polite, or harmless lie; fib.
  • storey — story2 .
  • story — a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale.
  • lieJonas, 1880–1940, U.S. painter, born in Norway.

Antonyms for fib

noun fib

  • truth — the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth.
  • directness — to manage or guide by advice, helpful information, instruction, etc.: He directed the company through a difficult time.
  • non-fiction — the branch of literature comprising works of narrative prose dealing with or offering opinions or conjectures upon facts and reality, including biography, history, and the essay (opposed to fiction and distinguished from poetry and drama).

verb fib

  • come clean — to make a revelation or confession

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