- A lie, typically an unimportant one: why did you tell him such a dreadful fib?More example sentences
lie, untruth, falsehood, made-up story, trumped-up story, invention, fabrication, deception, piece of fiction, fiction, falsification, fairy story/tale, cock and bull story; (little) white lie, half-truth, exaggeration, departure from the truth• informal tall story, tall tale, whopper• humorous terminological inexactitude
- Even though he'd published all those dreadful fibs.
- These little white fibs give me an uneasy feeling, and I begin to wonder why the shop would lie, when I am here to help save them thousands of dollars in fines.
- And this is what truly makes running the piece rank propaganda down here, rather than just plain old fibs and/or misinformation.
verb (fibs, fibbing, fibbed)[no object] Back to top
- Tell a fib.More example sentences
lie, tell a fib, tell a lie, invent a story, make up a story, dissemble, dissimulate, pretend, depart from the truth; exaggerate, stretch the truth; pull the wool over someone's eyes, pull someone's leg• humorous be economical with the truth, tell a terminological inexactitude• vulgar slang bullshit
- But a Cornell professor recently claimed to have established the truth of a curious proposition: We fib less frequently when we're online than when we're talking in person.
- I had to snap her out of it somehow, so I fibbed a little.
- Besides, you two would have given away our true intentions, so I fibbed a little, is that a crime?
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- There are fibbers, fabricators and feckless fabulists.
- Britain is a nation of fibbers - and men tell more white lies than women - according to a new report.
- Tommy, who has the reputation as a fibber, can't get his parents or the police to believe him.
mid 16th century: perhaps a shortening of obsolete fible-fable 'nonsense', reduplication of fable.