from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An insignificant or childish lie.
- intransitive v. To tell a fib. See Synonyms at lie2.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lie, especially one that is more or less inconsequential.
- v. To lie, especially more or less inconsequentially.
- n. Short form of fibula.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A falsehood; a lie; -- used euphemistically.
- intransitive v. To speak falsely.
- transitive v. To tell a fib to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lie; specifically, a white lie; a venial falsehood, told to save one's self or another from embarrassment.
- To say what is not true; lie, especially in a mild or comparatively innocent way.
- To tell a fib to; lie to.
- To beat of strike, especially by delivering a succession of short rapid blows.
- To deliver a succession of short rapid blows.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a trivial lie
- v. tell a relatively insignificant lie
Perhaps from obsolete and dialectal fible-fable, nonsense, reduplication of fable.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from fable; compare fibble-fabble (nonsense). (Wiktionary)
Shortened from fibula (Wiktionary)