Origin of fib16th- and 17th-c. slang: said to be clipped form of obsolete fible-fable, reduplicated, reduplication form of fable
intransitive verbfibbed, fib′bing
intransitive verbfibbed, fib·bing, fibs
Origin of fibPerhaps from obsolete and dialectal fible-fable nonsense reduplication of fable
- (informal) A lie, especially one that is more or less inconsequential.
(third-person singular simple present fibs, present participle fibbing, simple past and past participle fibbed)
- (intransitive) To lie, especially more or less inconsequentially.
Probably from fable; compare fibble-fabble (nonsense).
- (medicine, informal) Short form of fibula.
Shortened from fibula