Flibbertigibbet definition

flĭbər-tē-jĭbĭt
An irresponsible, flighty person.
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An offbeat, skittish person; especially said of a young woman.
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(archaic) An imp, a fiend.
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A flighty person; someone regarded as silly, irresponsible, or scatterbrained, especially someone who chatters or gossips.
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A silly, scatterbrained, or garrulous person.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
flibbertigibbet
Plural:
flibbertigibbets

Origin of flibbertigibbet

  • Middle English flipergebet

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From late Middle English first attested 1549 probably imitative of nonsense uttered by gossips. Usage as an imp or fiend and name of the Devil from around 1603.

    From Wiktionary