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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fib]
    • /fɪb/
    • /ˈfɪb.ɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fib]
    • /fɪb/

Definitions of fibbing word

  • noun fibbing a small or trivial lie; minor falsehood. 1
  • verb without object fibbing to tell a fib. 1
  • noun fibbing Present participle of fib. 1

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Origin of fibbing

First appearance:

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

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Parts of speech for Fibbing


fibbing 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.
According to our data about 51% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fibbing usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fibbing

adjective fibbing

  • perjurious — the willful giving of false testimony under oath or affirmation, before a competent tribunal, upon a point material to a legal inquiry.
  • mendacious — telling lies, especially habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful: a mendacious person.
  • lying — the manner, relative position, or direction in which something lies: the lie of the patio, facing the water. Synonyms: place, location, site.
  • untruthful — not truthful; wanting in veracity; diverging from or contrary to the truth; not corresponding with fact or reality.

noun fibbing

  • equivocation — The use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth or to avoid committing oneself; prevarication.
  • dissimulation — the act of dissimulating; feigning; hypocrisy.
  • runaround — indecisive or evasive treatment, especially in response to a request: Ask for a raise and he'll give you the runaround.
  • deceptiveness — apt or tending to deceive: The enemy's peaceful overtures may be deceptive.
  • run around — to go quickly by moving the legs more rapidly than at a walk and in such a manner that for an instant in each step all or both feet are off the ground.

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